Simulation and EGSE for Space Programmes

Country: Netherlands

City: Noordwijk

Abstr. due: 14.10.2016

Dates: 28.10.17 — 30.10.17

Area Of Sciences: Technical sciences; Earth sciences;

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Organizers: European Space Agency


For more than 20 years, the Workshop on Simulation for European Space Programmes (SESP) has been organised by ESA on a bi-annual basis. In 2010, the scope of SESP was widened to include the subject areas and organisational functions of the closely associated Workshop on Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE).

The overall context of the Workshop is Space Systems Design and Verification. The systems supporting this process include System Concept Simulators, Mission Performance Simulators, Functional Engineering Simulators, Software Verification Facilities, Integration and Test benches and associated EGSE. An important justification for bundling exactly these disciplines in a single Workshop is that they have significant commonalities (in terms of e.g. standards, databases, methods and tools) that are worth nurturing and exploiting.

With regards to these subjects, the SESP workshop is a uniquely focused forum where representatives of Space Agencies and Industry can present and discuss the current state-of-the-art as well as future trends and needs. As such it also provides a rare opportunity for systems developers and users to meet outside of a contractual context, in order to share experiences with related tools, techniques and practices.

Furthermore, the SESP workshop aspires to serve as a breeding ground for new ideas and to trigger and encourage plans for future work. On subject of industrial policy, ESA anticipates feedback from the National Agencies and Industry on new R&D activities, and on the expected role of ESA within the Simulation and EGSE professional community.


The main subject areas which can or will be addressed in the workshop are listed below. However this list is not considered exhaustive, and authors are encouraged to propose papers on topics they consider relevant, even if they are not explicitly mentioned here.

Papers can address specific experience from past and current activities, describe trends and commonalities, or discuss future plans.

Simulation Based Development
• Simulation as support to System Engineering
• Integrated development process
• Mission and system analysis and definition
• Model based specification – functional and data level
• Simulation as support to concurrent and collaborative engineering
• Data exchange
• Simulation to support design verification
• The “Virtual Spacecraft” concept
• Ultra realistic spacecraft model concept (Digital Twin)
• Verification and validation on system, software and element level
• End-to-End simulation systems, performance simulations
• Operations preparation, mission planning and simulation based training

EGSE & AIT processes
• EGSE Building Blocks
• Remote testing
• Commonality with mission operations
• Training
• Information flow
• Procurements
• System level Databases

• System Modelling and Simulation in System Engineering
• Software Model Portability (SMP) – Status and experiences
• Distributed (interactive) Simulation
• (Simulation) Data visualisation, especially using 3D graphical displays
• Simulator verification and validation methods
• Data exchange with other spacecraft domains, e.g. design data, spacecraft database
• Interoperability
• System Engineering Data repository
• Monitoring and Control Data definition
• Communication protocols
• Test and Operation Procedure Languages
• ECSS covering Software and  Modelling and Simulation
• ECSS and CCSDS covering EGSE and Operations

Methods & Tools
• Simulation infrastructures
• Tools and Environments
• Low-end simulator platforms
• Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation
• Humans-In-The-Loop Simulation
• Validation and verification of simulators
• Remote Testing
• Agent Based Simulators
• Reuse of simulation products: models, architectures, procedures and databases
• Real-Time simulation: scheduling and data communication
• Distributed processing: advanced scheduling, parallel running models, GRID, cloud approaches
• Data exchange
• Visualisation of simulation data
• Human Computer Interfaces
• 3D graphics, low-end 3D graphics technologies
• Real time 3D immersive interactive visualisation, "Virtual Reality", Augmented Reality
• Virtual integration (over networks)
• System, Simulation and AIT Databases

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