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Open call for the Concurrent Engineering workshop

on 09 January 2017

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the application period for the Concurrent Engineering workshop, offered through the ESA’s Academy Training and Learning Programme. The workshop is addressed to students who are citizens of the ESA Member States – Romania included, but also to the citizens of the Associate States. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian students to participate at this workshop, where they will have the opportunity to learn on the assessment of technical and financial feasibility of a space project.


The ESA Education Office is searching for 44 students enrolled in engineering or physics courses to participate at one of the Concurrent Engineering workshops, held between the following dates: 14-17 March and 9-12 May 2017.

The concurrent engineering refers to a design and developing method used for the products built for the space sector, which has as a main characteristic the fact that all the subsystems of the project are conducted simultaneously. This method is very effective in designing such projects and, although it may be much more complicated than other methods, it can identify errors in a faster manner.

ESA provides a Concurrent Design Facility, located at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), in Netherlands. The students will have the opportunity to visit this location, where they can test the feasibility of their projects.

The workshop will provide the opportunity of using the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT). The students will be organised in teams of 2 or 3 persons and they will learn on the following topics: structures, configuration, power, mechanism, propulsion, optics, trajectory analysis, communication handling.

The participants will have the mission of creating a subsystem concept, using the concurrent engineering method. Prior to starting the event, the students will receive information on the mission, but will also become familiar with the OCDT system.
The deadline to register is 18 January 2017, no later than 23:59 CET.
The students enrolling in this workshop will be eligible if their age is between 18-32 years old, but it is also necessary for them to participate in master or doctoral courses.
ESA will cover the accommodation and meals costs, but will also offer 200 euros/person for transportation related expenses to Redu, Belgium.
The students are invited to fill in this application form, to select one of the two workshop sessions, but also to provide relevant documents- a motivation letter, a CV, a recommendation letter signed by a representative of the faculty, and to submit the academic records in English.

Those who have further questions on the project are invited to write at esa.academy @ esa.int.

More details referring to the project are available on the ESA website


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