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Call for applications- ESA Academy Ladybird Guide

Call for applications- ESA Academy Ladybird Guide


ESA Academy has recently launched the call for applications for the Ladybird Guide Spacecraft Operation training course 2016.

This training course will be held from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 October 2016 at ESA’s Redu Centre in Belgium.

The Ladybird approach is a way to deal with complex technical and operational problems while avoiding an overload of mathematics and technical jargon.

At ESA’s Redu centre, in the frame of the ESA Academy (
http://www.esa.int/Education/The_ESA_Academy_is_born), ESA is developing a series of training courses for exclusively educational purposes.

During the Ladybird Training Course students will learn about operating a spacecraft and physiological traps to be avoided during operations and testing.


Guided by ESA experts, the students will learn about all the different spacecraft subsystem solutions in the Ladybird Style. Then, the impact of those different solutions on the job of the people trying to operate the spacecraft will be discussed. Real stories of operational staff battling with wayward spacecraft (sometimes winning and sometimes loosing) will be used and students will analyse those problems with just the information that was available to the operations team at that time, asking themselves "what went wrong?" and more importantly "what do we do now?".


ESA’s Education Office is looking for 22 talented and motivated university students with an engineering or scientific  background (basic knowledge of physics required) to join this training course.

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2016, 23:59 CET.  

For more information please visit the ESA Education website:
http://www.esa.int/Education/So_you_want_to_drive_a_spacecraft