The 19th edition of the CVA Summer School on space transportation systems was hosted on 15 July to 11 August 2018 by the City of Seville and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSI) of the University of Seville.

The Summer School is the flagship of the CVA programmes, designed for engineering students who have completed at least three years in higher education and young professionals from the aerospace industry.

In addition to the lectures and teamwork on micro-launchers, the students visited institutions and companies in the Andalusia region, including Seville University’s historical building, the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies, Airbus-DS Tablada, and Doñana Natural Park.

Alumni of previous Summer School sessions joined the participants for a weekend on the space theme, with visits organised to the City Hall and to Airbus DS in Seville and Cadiz. Last but not least, students and alumni were invited to a night visit of the Alcázar.

The CVA would like to thank the City of Seville, the University of Seville and ETSI, all the lecturers and the Summer School Programme Committee – with representatives from ESA, CNES, ArianeGroup and Hochschule Bremen – for this year’s successful edition.

Twenty-five students in all attended. They came from the various CVA Members, including Barcelona, Bordeaux, Bremen, Heilbronn (Forum Ariane Lampoldshausen), Rome (Colleferro), Seville and Toulouse, as well as CNES/CSG. Their team-building abilities, networking approach and enthusiasm for space and space transportation systems were noted by all the professors, lecturers, and hosts. This is bound to be fruitful (and to produce future engineers!) for European launchers.


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