An example of Space Engineering Education in Spain: a master in space based on Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Cubas Cano, Javier and Pindado Carrion, Santiago and Roibás-Millán, Elena and Pérez-Álvarez, Javier and Sanz Andres, Angel Pedro and Franchini, Sebastian Nicolas and Perez Grande, María Isabel and Alonso, Gustavo and García Pérez, Andrés and Chimeno Manguan, Marcos and Torralbo Gimeno, Ignacio and Zamorano, Juan and Alonso, Alejandro (2022). An example of Space Engineering Education in Spain: a master in space based on Project-Based Learning (PBL). In: "4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities", 27 a 29 Abril 2022, Barcelona. pp. 1-6.

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Title: An example of Space Engineering Education in Spain: a master in space based on Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Author/s:
  • Cubas Cano, Javier
  • Pindado Carrion, Santiago
  • Roibás-Millán, Elena
  • Pérez-Álvarez, Javier
  • Sanz Andres, Angel Pedro
  • Franchini, Sebastian Nicolas
  • Perez Grande, María Isabel
  • Alonso, Gustavo
  • García Pérez, Andrés
  • Chimeno Manguan, Marcos
  • Torralbo Gimeno, Ignacio
  • Zamorano, Juan
  • Alonso, Alejandro
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities
Event Dates: 27 a 29 Abril 2022
Event Location: Barcelona
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities
Date: April 2022
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Space Systems, Master, Education, Project Based Learning
Faculty: Instituto de Microgravedad Ignacio Da Riva (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Aeroespaciales, Transporte Aéreo y Aeropuertos
UPM's Research Group: Desarrollo y Ensayos Aeroespaciales DEA
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This work describes the successful education experience for five years of space engineering education at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain. The MSc. in Space Systems (MUSE, Máster Universitario en Sistemas Espaciales) is a 2-year and 120-ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) master program organized by the Microgravity Institute ‘Ignacio Da Riva’ (IDR/UPM), a research institute of UPM with extensive experience in the space sector. The teaching methodology is oriented to Project Based Learning (PBL), taking advantage of the IDR/UPM Institute experience. The main purposes are to share the IDR/UPM knowledge with the students and promote their collaboration with several space scientific institutions, both national and international. In the present work, the most relevant characteristics of this master program are described, highlighting the importance of the student’s participation in actual missions. In addition, to offer practical cases in all aspects of satellite development, the IDR/UPM decided to create its own satellite development program, the UPMSats. The latest, the UPMSat-2, is an educational, scientific, and in-orbit technological demonstration microsatellite (50 kg-class) that was launched in September 2020 on-board a Vega launcher (VV-16 flight). MUSE students have participated in all phases of the mission, from design to integration, calibration, and testing, and (at present) in-orbit operation. The construction of a microsatellite, although it exceeds in time the academic duration of the master, has proven to be a very interesting and versatile tool for PBL education, since it provides practical cases at all levels of development. Furthermore, the continuity of the project encourages graduated students to continue their education with a Ph.D. and the collaboration of master and doctoral students. These reasons have made MUSE one of the most successful academic programs in space systems engineering in Spain, with high employment rates in the most prestigious space engineering institutions.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Madrid Regional GovernmentY2020/NMT-6427OAPES-CMSanz Andres, Angel (coord.); Alonso Muñoz, Alejandro (responsable)Operación Avanzada de Pequeños Satélites

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Item ID: 70702
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/70702/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:70702
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 22 Jun 2022 18:08
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 18:08
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