Completed Courses

Space Foundations

A 1-day introductory course aimed at early career professionals with a technical background and wanting to either join the growing UK space industry, or to retrain. This course was delivered three times in the autumn of 2018: in London, Harwell and Bristol. The scope covered:

Morning

Afternoon

  • What do space missions do?
  • Spacecraft platform / bus, and key functions
  • Spacecraft payloads and how they meet mission objectives and drive platform and mission design
  • Orbit mechanics
  • How does the industry work?
  • Space mission life cycle including launch planning and operations
  • Doing business in the space industry

Introduction to Space Mission Operations, 19-22 March 2018

The principal objective of the course is to provide participants with a solid theoretical basis for the main activities in space mission operations, supported by practical exercises where possible to consolidate the learning experience. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major functions of space operations systems (and requirements, constraints)
  • Appreciate the basics of orbital mechanics and how it drives operational concept design
  • Identify the main parts of a space missions communications network
  • Understand basic satellite communications principles and determine and analyse the key parameters of system design
  • Complete link budget calculations and assess trade-off issues with other aspects of mission design
  • Define key tasks to be performed by mission planners and operators through the mission lifetime
  • Appreciate the distinctive aspects of operations approaches in ground and space segment
  • Explain the main differences between conventional commercial satellite operations, and emerging low cost approaches
  • Understand how telemetry and telecommanding are performed in typical mission operations centres.

This 3rd edition of the course was run, as before, in partnership with Goonhilly Earth Station and Scisys.

LaunchUK Roadshow (6x)

Objectives:

  • Support UKSA in LaunchUK roadshow with seminar content on the practicalities, physics, and business of launch.

Slides from the Glasgow edition of the roadshow are available online here.

Training Needs and Opportunities in the Space Sector, 19 Sep 2017, ESA/ECSAT, Harwell

Objectives:

  • Assist stakeholders to define their own training needs
  • Collectively define a number of ‘priority’ training concepts that would have the maximum benefit for the industry/supply chain ecosystem, and write this
  • Help identify delivery organisations, including Catena Space and link them to create priority training opportunity that we would like to take responsibility for (define, create, and deliver), and gauge the level of interest in this.
  • Determine funding availability and opportunities for delivery of new training material.

Get in touch if you would like to receive the summary report from this workshop.

Access to Space – 9/Nov/2016 – Russell Square, London

Join industry experts in London to improve your understanding of the technical, political and economic dimensions of access to space. Multiple expert speakers will present the following materials in the context of an end-to-end space mission, including an overview of launch systems.

  • Previous UK launch vehicles
  • Markets & customers for launch
  • UK regulatory requirements
  • Fundamentals – Vertical & horizontal launch; Orbital & suborbital approaches
  • Technical parts of a launch system
  • Case studies
  • Spaceports, logistics, insurance

Space Mission Operations Training, June 2016, Goonhilly Earth Station

The principal objective of the course is to provide participants with a solid theoretical basis for the main activities in space mission operations, supported by practical exercises where possible to consolidate the learning experience. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major functions of space operations systems (and requirements, constraints)
  • Appreciate the basics of orbital mechanics and how it drives operational concept design
  • Identify the main parts of a space missions communications network
  • Understand basic satellite communications principles and determine and analyse the key parameters of system design
  • Complete link budget calculations and assess trade-off issues with other aspects of mission design
  • Define key tasks to be performed by mission planners and operators through the mission lifetime
  • Appreciate the distinctive aspects of operations approaches in ground and space segment
  • Understand overall system architecture from a data flow point of view
  • Explain the main differences between conventional commercial satellite operations, and emerging low cost approaches
  • Understand how telemetry and telecommanding are performed in typical mission operations centres.

Space Mission Operations Training, June 2015, Goonhilly Earth Station

24 participants from 10 countries joined us on this course, which was very well received with comprehensive pre- and post-course surveys in order for us to understand the delegates’ requirements. This short course is a unique space mission operations training course aimed at space sector professionals and those wishing to get involved in space mission operations. It combines elements of ground segment and space segment operations, communications, and practical exercises.