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Call for applications for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations 2019 training courses

on 28 May 2019

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian university students to apply for the 2019 edition of the “Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations” organised by ESA’s Education Office between 3 - 6 September, at the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Transinne, Belgium. The deadline for applications is 16 July 2019 (23:59 pm CET, 00:50 local time in Romania).

ESA’s Education Office is offering 30 university students the opportunity to participate again in this course and learn about the fascinating world of spacecraft operations. The course will show students how “driving” a spacecraft is different from designing it. When it comes to spacecraft, it is the launch itself that grabs all the headlines. Once in orbit, we only tend to hear about the satellite again when it returns a great result or a spectacular image. But spacecraft do not take care of themselves on their own.

Taught by an ESA expert from ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, the course will be delivered through formal lectures, but with a heavy emphasis placed on the interaction with the students. 

“If you want to really understand how a spacecraft works this is the right course. It goes through all the subsystems in a way that makes you understand the connection between everything on that spacecraft. All in all it is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is interested in working in the space industry,” said an engineering student from Romania who participated in the training course.

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 fulfil the following requirements:

  • they are aged between 18 – 32 years old;
  • they are citizens of an ESA Member State, Canada or Slovenia; Romania is an ESA Member State;
  • they are enrolled as a full-time Bachelor, Master, or PhD student in a university for the year 2019-2020;
  • they are studying an engineering

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 Belgium.

More information about this training course is available here.

Image credit: ESA