Space & Application Project


  • The “project”, unit 21.3 of the Master Space & Application aims at training the students to the first phases of definition of a space project. It largely focusses on the scientific payload, while other units focus on the operations or on the platform. It aims at introducing students to the various phases of a space project (or of any important project for ground-based observation in astronomy), starting from the definition of a mission, up to its achievement and retirement.
  • First, general indications are provided, for introducing relevant concepts as functional analysis, quality, or system approach
  • Then, a case study is detailed for training. It provides a support for introducing methodological tools. This case study corresponds to a phase 0/A study. A scientific case is defined with a few scientific specifications. A design is then proposed, which must account for the complexity of the system and obeys the different constraints. A preliminary definition is proposed, for providing relevant sizing.
  • The warm-up exercises helps introducing the projects, in a brainstorming modes. Students have to imagine significant issues to be analyzed for addressing a given scientific problem. No precise answer is expected (there is not enough time for this), but relevant questions to be solved for answering the problem.
  • In practice, the project 21.3 consists in the following steps:
    • – Bibliographical research
    • – Interactions with scientists and engineers
    • – Fine understanding of the system
    • – Identification of key issues
    • – Detailed study of a given subsystem
    • - Sizing
  • The schedule of unit 21.3 is composed of:
    • - 20 hr (1 week) for the presentation of the module, a case study, "warm-up" exercises
    • - 40 hr (spread over 2-3 months) for the project; on-line support is proposed for providing guidance and help during this part
  • The mark for unit 21.3 relies on the examination of three versions of a report
    • - a short report is scheduled at mid-term of the project
    • - the final version of the report is examined in two steps: the first version of the final report is commented; the revised version of the report is finally examined
  • The mark is based on the first version of the report; a bonus (limited to 3 points) may reward the improvements that followsthe remarks.