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Applications now open for ESA Academy’s Clean Space Training Course

on 09 February 2021

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is inviting engineering Master and PhD students with a foundation knowledge of Space System Design to attend the second edition of the Clean Space Training Course organised by ESA Academy. Applications are now open until the deadline of 8 March 2021.

This is an outstanding opportunity for students to complement their engineering studies with insight into a vital aspect of future space missions, providing a springboard to become the next generation of leading space engineers. The training will be held online over 5 full days between 3 and 7 May 2021.

The space industry has been key in taking environmental research forward by allowing different perspectives on our fragile planet. This has helped to push the environmental crisis to the forefront of public and political awareness. However, more needs to be done to ensure that space missions themselves have lower impacts on the environment, both on Earth and in space. ESA’s Clean Space initiative was set up in 2012 to gain a better understanding of the environmental effects of the entire life cycle of space missions and to investigate more sustainable alternatives. Clean Space’s activities fall into three main areas:

  1. EcoDesign: addressing environmental impacts and fostering green technologies;
  2. End-of-life Management: minimising the production of space debris;
  3. In-Orbit Servicing/Debris Removal: removing derelict spacecraft from orbit and demonstrating in-orbit servicing.

ESA wants to equip our future space engineers with the knowledge and skills required to tackle these issues. Devised in collaboration between ESA Education Office and the Clean Space Initiative, the Clean Space Training Course will offer students valuable insight into approaches to consider and reduce the environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a space mission. Lectures will focus on how to design a satellite that will not generate debris; will remove defunct satellites and debris already in orbit; and will be environmentally friendly. Students will even undertake group projects to learn how to design a “clean” satellite.

More information about who can apply and the registration process can be found here.

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