Summer School Alpbach 2019
Geophysics from Space using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations
July 16-25, Alpbach/Tyrol – Austria
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The offered lectures will cover existing and planned space missions, space mission design, and the principles of instrumentation for the required observations, including in-situ measurements. The lectures will provide the students with the scientific and technical background needed for defining and elaborating innovative space missions and to select and formulate objectives for new satellite missions to observe the magnetic field and the gravitational field of the Earth from space.

The Summer School students will be invited to propose ideas for such a mission configuration. They will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending lectures and working intensely within smaller groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.

The aim of the workshop is to develop four mission concepts -- one by each team, to a point where a space agency could, in principle, take the concept over and start the mission assessment phase. The teams select a mission concept based on the information provided in the lectures and their own knowledge of the topic. They then define the scientific objectives of their proposed space mission and provide a preliminary end-to-end mission concept including spacecraft, scientific instruments as well as mission and science operations that will meet their stated mission objectives. By the end of the workshop, the teams will have considered not only the scientific instrumentation which can meet the chosen scientific requirements, but also the mission design (launch, transfer and orbit), the spacecraft design with all required subsystems together with rough order of magnitude mission cost and the development schedule.

Each student team will present their mission study to an expert review panel and to the other teams, tutors and lecturers on the last day.

The Summer School Jury will award the projects in the categories

  • BEST SCIENCE CASE FOR THE MISSION
  • BEST TECHNICAL CASE FOR THE MISSION
  • MOST COMPETITIVE MISSION
  • BEST PRESENTATION