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Call for applications training course for the next generation of spacecraft communication engineers

on 19 December 2017

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian university students to the next edition of the “Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications” organised by ESA’s Education Office between 6 – 9 March 2018 at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre in Redu, Belgium. Students wishing to apply for the training course must submit their applications by 22 January 2018.

The course will consist of formal lectures with interactive activities which will be provided by an ESA expert who works for the Advanced Mission Concepts Section at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

During the week, the students will take part in a group exercise in which they will be asked to design a communications system for a mission which then experiences an anomaly taken from real life. At the end of the course, the students will have a solid understanding of the challenges of communicating with a spacecraft and the subsystems involved in communications (both onboard and on the ground): what can go wrong, troubleshooting, and traps to be avoided during operations and testing.

Those interested to participate in the class are required to fill out this form, send a motivation letter, a CV, a recommendation letter signed by a representative of the faculty, and also provide a copy of their academic records.

ESA will take into consideration applications from students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • they are aged between 18 – 32 years old;
  • they are citizens of an ESA Member State. Romania is an ESA Member State;
  • they are enrolled in the 3rd / 4th year of a Bachelor, Master, or PhD programme in a university for the year 2017 ­– 2018;
  • they are studying an engineering subject.

The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals as well as up to 200 euros for travelling to Redu, Belgium.

More information about this training course is available here.

Image credit: ESA