MSS16 Summer Internship: ESTEC


“As part of the Master of Space Studies at the International Space University, I am currently an internee at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), European Space Agency (ESA), in Netherlands.

Here I am working in the Electric Propulsion Section of the Propulsion & Aerothermodynamics Division, under the supervision of Eduard Bosch Borràs, ESA Propulsion Laboratory Infrastructure and Quality Manager, and José González del Amo, Head of the Electric Propulsion Section.

In the Electric Propulsion Section, I am part of the ESA Propulsion Laboratory (EPL) which is an operational facility providing a test service in the field of spacecraft propulsion.
I have, among other things, participated in a verification test of an electric thruster, which we demonstrated in front of the ESA Astronauts, to evaluate the possibilities of the astronauts getting more hands-on experience with electric propulsion.

Apart from my work in the testing facility, I have undertaken an individual study of a possible post-ISS space infrastructure with an emphasis on the mission analysis for all-electric space tugs, e.g. transferring cargo between Earth and the Moon. I have likewise been working in a team to evaluate the future market for electric propulsion and the possible up-and-coming trends.” – Mads Jacob Kalisz Hedegaard