Space Hands-on Training at the University of Stuttgart: from Microalgae to Docking Maneuvers

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2023 International Conference on Environmental Systems

The University of Stuttgart places great value in providing the students a unique opportunity to put in practice the concepts taught in theoretical lectures. Therefore, research and teaching at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) are highly linked. A practical training module, "Selected hands-on training for space", has been offered for nine years, and its content is always being adapted to the current institute research. The courses offered over the years are linked to life support and energy systems (use of microalgae for oxygen and food production, electrolyzers and fuel cells), mission analysis, use of Earth observation satellite data and the most demanded by our students, the spacecraft maneuvering. Here, the students have the opportunity to carry out docking maneuvers with a full-scale Soyuz simulator. The students participate in two of the offered courses over one semester and are evaluated through a report, presentation or exam. After successful completion, this allows them to obtain three ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the space specialization in the aerospace engineering Master. This module is very popular, and the places offered are filled in a matter of hours, as soon as registration opens. Unfortunately, the number of places is limited, due to the resources required, both in terms of material and tutoring staff. The university, the faculty of Aeronautics and Geodesy, and the institute itself provide the necessary means to offer this module. This paper presents the different training courses from our institute and their link to the current research. Student's feedback from the current semester (Winter 2022/23) is included.

Gisela Detrell, Institute of Space Systems - University of Stuttgart, USA
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.
Hands-on training, Master students, Life Support, Energy Systems, Mission Analysis, Earth Observation, Spacecraft Manoeuvering