June 22, 2017
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Digital Control is knocking on our door since a few years ago and, at some point, the door will be opened. New digital devices will end up entering into Space Power Systems hopefully to bring new features and system level advantages. However, as in any engineering trade off,  they will also bring new questions and new challenges.

To be ready for it, ESA has decided to organise a Workshop on Digital Control for Power Systems, to be held at ESTEC on the 22nd of June 2017.

The idea is to have some presentations in the morning showing the different views of Agencies and Industry, innovative ideas from research centres as well as state of the art digital devices.

The afternoon will be dedicated to an open discussion where everyone is invited to participate. The goal of this discussion is to answer some key questions that could help giving directions for the next steps to take. In order to focus the discussion, you can prepare a short presentation in which the proposed questions are answered. Ideally, 1 slide per question. In this way, we could put face to face the different views on the key points. Of course, you can also join the discussion without any presentation.

The detailed Timetable can be checked on the left side menu.

Please register for the workshop by filling the relevant form found in this website (form).

Registration deadline: 19th June 

Questions for the Open discussion

  • Are we ready for Digital Control?
  • Should Digital Control simply mock Analogue control?
  • Or should we start from scratch rethinking at system level the Power System?
  • What new features (enabled by Digital Control) would be more welcome?
  • Which digital device do we ideally need for Space Power Systems? 
Keplerlaan 1, 2201AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Please note that there is no fee to participate in the Workshop. Please feel free to send this invitation to any colleague that might be interested. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take care of the lunch cost. A Webex session will be also possibly organised to allow remote attendance.