Past Workshops

Starting 1996 student workshops with international participation were held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace” (Supaero) in Toulouse, France, at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, as well as on our home campus, at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart.

These workshops have the primary objectives of giving the participating students the opportunity

  • to learn and practice systems engineering and design on a space related subject,
  • to directly apply the knowledge acquired during the space station lectures and related lecture series, and
  • to participate in an international and multidisciplinary team-based design project.

As a consequence, the participants should not only be knowledgeable about space stations and human space exploration in general, but they are also expected to fully commit themselves to their tasks during the workshops, in order to play a valuable role in their respective design teams. Another important factor for the success of an integrated SSDW design team is that all members are open-minded towards other cultures and personalities. Social competence becomes as important as a good knowledge of technical issues.

Check our publication page for full reports from past SSDW events.

Overview of past workshops (from 2001)