Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019

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in Redu, Belgium

ESA’s Education Office is looking for 30 talented and motivated university students from an ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia with an engineering or physics background to take part in the Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019 from the educational Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) of ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Transinne, Belgium.

Following the success of the two first editions of the Concurrent Engineering Challenge organised in 2017 and 2018 by ESA’s Education Office and Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section, a third edition will be held from 11 to 15 November 2019.

Four groups of up to 30 University students will participate in this Concurrent Engineering Challenge: one directly from the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility and the others from different Concurrent Engineering Facilities (CEF) located in three European universities, respectively: Cranfield University (United Kingdom), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).

Concurrent engineering is a method of designing and developing products in the space sector. Contrary to traditional design methods, in Concurrent Engineering, all subsystems are designed simultaneously, as specialists of all disciplines and subsystems collaborate in joint sessions conducted at in a dedicated facility. This is a far more efficient way of designing, but it has its own challenges as well. Solutions in one area that could affect the design in another must be identified and communicated instantly. Although concurrent engineering is a more intense process to begin with, in effect it allows mistakes to be identified earlier, therefore reducing the design time.

Through this Challenge, students complement what they are learning at university by familiarising themselves with the concurrent engineering approach and its benefits, and also learn how ESA assesses technical and financial feasibility of space missions. Europe’s leadership in space depends upon its ability to continue developing world-class missions. To do that, a new generation of space engineers and scientists needs to be trained.

The deadline for applications to participate in the Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019 from ESA Academy’s CDF is 16 September 2019, 23:59 CET.