The Project Work of SEEDS
is without any doubts one of SEEDS main qualifying features. The Project Work lasts more than six months and it is divided into three phases, each one performed in a different SEEDS site and dedicated to the
design of specific systems of a wide human space exploration mission
. A different topic is identified every year
for the Project Work. Past topics of the first five years of SEEDS edition for
the Project Work have been: a human initial settlement of the Moon surface, a permanent human Moon base, a Lunar
Orbiting–Space Operation Centre, an itinerant exploration mission of the lunar
surface and a human mission to an asteroid. The new edition of SEEDS, involving
different SEEDS sites (Torino, Toulouse and Leicester) has just started (academic
year 2013/2014) and Mars has been selected as main focus of the future Project
Works. In particular an incremental approach has been chosen to get to the new
destination, which starting from the exploration of Mars from its proximity,
i.e. Phobos (topic of the Project Work of the 2013/2014 SEEDS), has moved on
with the exploration of the Mars surface (topic of the current Project Work of
the 2014/2015 SEEDS) and will very likely proceed with the exploitation of Mars
resources, the development of a Mars permanent outpost and the the development
of a Mars independent base.
The three phases of the Project Work are hosted in a temporal
sequence by universities, industries and research centres of the European towns
associated in SEEDS. During the whole PW students from Torino, Toulouse and
Leicester are grouped together and work in an international and
multidisiplinary team. The PW itself is an advanced and ambitious activity,
comparable to a “Phase A Study” and intended to produce scientific reports to
be diffused worldwide in the space community. Results of the Project Work are
generally presented by the students to international conferences or published
in scientific journals. A final report ("Executive Summary")
followed by a discussion in front of international experts on the Project Work
concludes the course
. Usually the final Project Work discussion is held at
the ESA ESTEC Space Centre in Noordwijk (The Netherlands), where students will stay one week and will visit the facilities. Students will also use CDF facility to verifiy the results of the project work.
Care is taken that the SEEDS Project Work Team be truly
international in order that students are obliged to interact with each other in
English. Accordingly, the 2013/2014 team included 12 students: 4 from UK, 3
from Italy, 1 from France, 1 from Germany, 1 from Spain, 1 from Argentina and 1
from India. The 2014/2015 team included 11 students: 6 from
Italy, 4 from UK and 1 from Spain. Instead, the current 2015/2016 edition includes 26 students: 11 from UK, 13 from Italy, 1 from France, 1 from China.
Internship is mandatory and its duration is about 6-7 months
(875 hours). At the end students will acquire 35 educational credits (ECTS).
The temporal sequence of the three phases is
not binding. It may be changed every year according to the partners' needs.
Please note that travels and accommodation for each phase in Torino, Toulouse and Leicester will have to be sustained by the students, so every student must own
his/her personal pocket money
As to the accomodation costs during the three phases, the experience of the past SEEDS classes provides the following estimation:
- approximately 300 Euro in Turin
- approximately 200 Euro in Toulouse
- approximately 300 British Pounds in Leicester
(meals and travels are not included).