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Training course for future spacecraft communication engineers

on 06 December 2016

The Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) is searching for 22 engineering students interested in spacecraft communications to take part in the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian students to apply for the training, which will take place between 14-17 February 2017 at the ESA Academy – Training and Learning Centre, in Redu, Belgium.


The Redu Centre in Belgium provides the perfect environment in which students can learn about this topic, as this place is a part of the ESTRACK network, a global system of ground stations that provides links between satellites in orbit and the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

The core ESTRACK network has nine stations situated in seven states. In Redu, the students will be able to see the 15-metres radio antenna, the centre-piece of the facility. Students will visit the control room of the PROBA satellite, they will see the back-end equipment and will have the opportunity to discuss with ESA engineers.

The class will consist of formal lectures which will be held in an interactive manner. The class will be presented by an ESA expert, who will provide information on real-life situations encountered by operations engineers.

The students will take part in a team activity, in which they will have to design a communications system for a mission that will encounter an anomaly taken from a real-life scenario. Students will need to answer two core questions: “What went wrong?” and “What do we do now?”.

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 academic records.

The deadline to register is 12 December 2016, no later than 23:59 CET (00:59 Romania local time).

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 year Bachelor, Masters or PhD full time programme in an ESA Member State;
- they study engineering.

More information about this training course is available here

Image credit: ESA