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Summer School Alpbach 2016 - Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle

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During the Summer School Alpbach 2016, student teams will conceive and elaborate innovative satellite missions aimed at improving the observation of critical elements of the water cycle in order to close gaps in process understanding and to advance the representation of the water cycle in Earth system models.
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Jul 12, 2016 09:00 AM to Jul 21, 2016 05:00 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC200)
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Alpbach-Tyrol (Austria)
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Would you like to use engineering and/or science to address solutions to problems that can be addressed by space missions? If yes, consider applying to the Summer School Alpbach.

This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 40th edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Accepted participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience. Over ten days participants will attend stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and technology and will work intensely within a smaller group to define and design a space mission, all under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2016 is the global water cycle. Viewed from space, a most striking feature of our planet is the abundance of water in liquid and frozen forms. Water is a main driving element of the global climate system and a prerequisite for live on Earth.

Students will be challenged to conceive and elaborate innovative satellite missions aimed at improving the observation of critical elements of the water cycle in order to close gaps in understanding the processes and to advance the representation of the water cycle in Earth system models.

Four student teams will define the scientific objectives of a space mission and will provide a preliminary end-to-end design of spacecraft, scientific instruments as well as mission and science operations that will meet their stated objectives. You and your team will be responsible for selecting and researching the problem to be addressed by your space mission, for cooperatively working with team members to meet difficult deadlines, and for developing your own working style.

You will be exposed to some real-life challenges, such as 20-hour working days (before proposal submission) and an expectation that you are able to immediately apply knowledge and techniques that you have only recently been exposed to. You will also have to handle the trials of establishing and maintaining an international and multi-disciplinary team composed of both scientists and engineers. You will need to balance scientific objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost.
On day ten of the Summer School, each team presents their mission designs to a jury of experts. Occasionally, these designs have actually gone on to represent real space missions in ESA.

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The Summer School is organised by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG and co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the national space authorities of its member and cooperating states. A traditional partner is the International Space Science Institute (ISSI). It is also supported by Austrospace, the association of Austrian space industries and research institutions.

PARTICIPATION

The Summer School is open to 60 selected young science and/or engineering students and graduates from among the member and cooperating states of the European Space Agency (ESA). The working language of the Summer School will be English.

Application deadline: March 31, 2016

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