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UCLse selected to deliver Space Systems Engineering training to the European Space Agency

By Ian Raper, on 11 March 2016

UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) has won a major 2 year contract to provide space systems engineering training to the next generation of systems engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA).

MSSL’s Technology Management Group will deliver the training at a venue close to ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, with a team primarily consisting of Dr Michael Emes (Programme Manager), Ian Raper and Dr Doug Cowper.

Dr Emes said: “We are excited to be able to continue our relationship with ESA, following on from the successful project management training now in its 2nd year. Winning this contract is a testimony to the quality of the training we offer, the strength of our staff in the subject area, and recognition of the strong space systems engineering heritage at MSSL.

The UCL Centre for Systems Engineering, hosted within MSSL, has been training systems engineers for over 17 years through its MSc programmes and directly to industry with clients in many sectors. We will be drawing on all of our experience in both teaching and space systems engineering, together with experts from ESA, in order to ensure that this development opportunity works in supporting the delivery of ESA Agenda 2015. “

The major part of the training will be aimed at ESA staff who are technical discipline engineers, space scientists and new appointed system engineers. We will also be delivering targeted training for space systems engineers with several years of experience looking for the latest trends and techniques in systems engineering.


The ESA Space Systems Engineering Training Course is being carried out under a programme of, and funded by, the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein are those of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering and can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.

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