Two workshops are organised during the month of October. One for students participating in the ESEO project and one for the ESMO project teams. Both of the workshops are organised by the Educational Projects Unit within the ESA education office and will take place at ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Teams are expected to send one participant to their five day long workshop. The first of these two events is the 13th ESEO workshop held between the 15th and the 19th of October, followed by the 3rd ESMO workshop planned for the 22nd to the 26th. The main objective, for both workshops, is to work upon and finish documentation being subject for reviews being conducted during the next months.
We had joy, we had fun, we put a spacecraft in the sky. It has now been four years since that magic moment. Happy birthday SSETI Express! Last year we approached three of the key members of the Express team, follow the links and read what Karl, Neil and Sascha (three separate articles) had to tell us about their experience.
Background: SSETI Express was launched on the 27th of October 2005 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. It served as a milestone and inspiration for the next missions; ESEO, ESMO and Swarm. You can find one of the launch movies (in Spanish) by using this link – Express launch movie
Due to the recent changes and start of a new space mission project, the association would like to invite at least two dedicated students to the Public Relations team. This is an unique opportunity to work with young people in truly multinational environment. As all other SSETI positions this is a volunteer-educational position.
The team will be responsible for producing brochures, graphics, animations and videos and produce website content for SSETI – as well as posters. The theme of your work would be mainly space, technology and education related.
On their missions, astronauts are very far away: from Earth, from their families – and also from doctors. So what happens when astronauts in space get sick? A space doctor at ESA reports.
Always stay on the ground
Space doctor: that sounds quite literally quite out of the ordinary. In fact, however, the radiologist Damann himself remains on the ground.
Nevertheless, very few doctors get as close to outer space as he does, because there are only a handful of space doctors, the 56-year-old explains.
The 25-member team includes three doctors, as well as psychologists, physiotherapists, sports scientists, engineers and IT specialists. Or – to use the spaceman jargon – on board.
Just like on earth, you need protective equipment, medicine, bandages and aids.
Not a doctor for miles around – in times of a shortage of doctors, a phrase that many patients say they know. Even between Volker Damann and his patients there are sometimes a staggering 400 kilometers between them.
Damann is a space doctor with the European Space Agency ESA. He heads the medical department at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, where astronauts are trained for their missions in space.
This training includes not only the specialist technical knowledge required for experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS), but also intensive medical preparation for the stresses and strains of a space flight and a several-month stay in weightlessness.
At present, the medical department is looking after six astronauts who are preparing for upcoming missions or who are already on board the International Space Station (ISS). “That sounds great at first: three doctors and a whole team of specialists on six patients,” says Damann.
But after all, the care of these patients of a somewhat different kind goes far beyond the usual doctor-patient contact.
SSETI representatives (Vice-President, E_CONF, E_OPER and E_OBDH team members) presented SSETI on the 21-24 th of June 2007, Warsaw, Poland a ‘Satellite Techniques Days’ conference in Warsaw.
This conference aimed to develop a link between industry, research and space-technologies through lectures, meetings, panel discussions, presentations and poster and real model exhibitions.
SSETI presented a real size model of ESEO satellite body that described the problems of configuration in a convenient and easy to understand way. Moreover, on the 23rd of June (Saturday), SSETI Vice-President Krzysztof Kanawka showed a presentation about SSETI as an Association, SSETI students and the current SSETI projects.
We are very excited to announce the call for proposals for Phase A of the SWARM mission! SWARM will consist of a nanosatellite (the M-SAT) in low Earth orbit, which will release several femtosatellites (F-SATs), each carrying scientific or technological experiments. We are currently seeking design teams for the subsystems of the M-SAT, as well as teams which will each be responsible for a single F-SAT. For more details, requirements, and descriptions of team tasks, please visit our vacancies page, and contact us with any questions. We hope to hear from you soon!