Educational advantages afforded by the ESPRIT project

C. Russell Philbrick, Sven G. Bilén, Timothy F. Wheeler, Eivind V. Thrane

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The goal of this paper is to provide an overview and assess the educational value from conducting a space science related design project, such as the ESPRIT program, and examine the special issues related to conducting such student projects. About 100 undergraduate engineering students from Penn State University and from Norwegian universities (groups of graduate students from Universitetet i Oslo, Høgskolen i Narvik, and Universitetet i Bergen) participated in preparing and launching the ESPRIT rocket payload. Almost all of the tasks for mechanical and electrical design, fabrication, testing, and calibration of the payload and instruments, as well as the analysis of the results have been carried out by the students. More than twenty students participated in the launch activities during a four-week field campaign in June-July 2006. The ESPRIT student project served to meet several goals for advancing the educational process and training while preparing young people for careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number647 SP
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Event18th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Visby, Sweden
Duration: Jun 3 2007Jun 7 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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