Monday, August 11, 2014

CST workshop in the City of Space

Space technology not only makes our global civilization possible, but immensely easier. Designing it, however, can be anything but.

Unprotected by the atmosphere satellites, for example, are exposed to the full fury of the sun’s radiation. Inside, their powerful and tightly-clustered systems generate their own potentially mission-botching electromagnetic heat.

These extreme thermal conditions pose a difficult, but enjoyable challenge to engineers and demand electromagnetic simulation early in the design phase to ensure mission-critical components function properly once a satellite is in orbit.

To assist designers and companies working in this exciting and challenging field, CST is hosting its first workshop on electromagnetic design for space applications, including satellites, probes and ground stations. It will be held on September 23 in Toulouse, France at Cité de l‘Espace (City of Space), a theme park dedicated to space science, the space industry and the conquest of space.

The workshop will give attendees the opportunity to meet engineers and scientists from industry, research, and universities working on space applications.

The workshop’s keynote speakers are Airbus Defence and Space’s Manager of Antenna Feed Systems and Products Ralf Gehring and Thales Alenia Space’s Head of Space Antennas RF Design Unit Dr. Roberto Mizzoni.

The preliminary agenda, while subject to change between now the workshop, will cover the following the following topics:

• Complex feed systems and reflector systems

• Microwave components: filters, circulators etc.

• Multipaction analysis and thermal and structural mechanics

• Electromagnetic compatibility on satellites and launchers: installed performance and cabling

• SI, PI on high speed data connections

• Enhancing simulation throughout using high performance computing

Depending on the total number of participants the workshop may offer parallel sessions on the other topics. Registrations are coming in now. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, but everyone who wishes to attend must pre-register.

Visit our website for more information and to register.

The workshop comes off the back of a webinar CST presented at the end of July on electromagnetic simulation for space applications which attracted more than 281 live participants from all over the world and ended in a lively 15 minute Q&A session. The webinar can be viewed here.

CST’s Global Market Development Manager for Microwaves and RF, Marc Rütschlin, demonstrated how CST STUDIO SUITE® can be used to design the mission-critical componentry in satellites.

The webinar covered the following topics:

• How electromagnetic and multiphysics simulation allows the behavior and installed performance of mission-critical components such as antennas and filters to be investigated long before construction and launch.

• Why the densely-packed structure of satellites means that interference between different systems is a critical consideration in the design process.

• How the high-power components in satellites introduce additional potentially harmful effects, such as heating and multipaction, and how these can be investigated by charged-particle and multiphysics simulation tools.

• How to make simulation more efficient by splitting up complex systems into individual elements, which can be simulated and optimized separately using different solver types.

• How the System Assembly and Modeling framework in CST STUDIO SUITE allows numerous simulation tasks to be combined into a single project in order to allow the integrated design of satellites at both the component and system level.

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