Open projects

Fall 2019 projects


  • CHESS attitude Control
  • CubeSat Configuration and structure definition
  • TOF camera adaptation for CHESS
  • CHESS Power System
  • Mission design and analyses
  • Antenna and solar panel deployment definition and design


Capture System prototyping and testing

Supervisor: Bastien Gorret – eSpace

Type of the project: Semester, Minor or Master Project, 2-4 students

Recommended: ME, MT, Robotics, EE, Control

Objective: The objective of the work is to finalise the capture system actuators design and establish a test set-up to characterise its performances. This work is part of the capture system development for an ESA mission which aims at capturing space debris with a size between 100kg and 800kg. During the initial project phase, critical technologies and design features are developed and verified to mitigate development risk and increase confidence in the selected design.


  • Finalisation of space prototype design;
  • Establishment of capture prototype test set-up;
  • Manufacturing, assembly of test set-up and if possible tests;
  • Establishment of test procedure and report.

Contact Dynamics Simulation Tool (CDST)

Supervisor: LSMS + eSpace (Guillaume Anciaux, Bastien Gorret)

Type of the project: Semester, Minor or Master Project, 1 student

Recommended: ME, IC, PHYS

Objective: The objective of this workpackage is to initiate the development of a software allowing to reliably simulate the target/chaser contact dynamics occurring during capture. The mastering of this key challenge is primordial for a successful ADR (active debris removal) mission and required for the  capture system dimensioning, the GNC design and to support failure scenario prevention. Finite-element visco-elastic, large deformation simulations will be used as simulation approach. Viscosity will allow to model absorbing materials, while stiffer parts will be modelled with elasticity.


  • Review of CDST architecture and interfaces
  • Review of project’s requirements
  • Contact dynamics simulation and analysis
  • Discussion of simulation/analysis results and definition of next CDST development/optimisation steps.

Test-bench and simulations for space autonomous and relative navigation

Supervisor: eSpace, CV Lab (Mathieu Salzman, Bastien Gorret)

Type of the project: Semester, Minor or Master Project, 3-4 students

Recommended: Interest in imaging optics, robotics (ME, MT, Robotics, PHYS)

Objective: The objective of the work is to design a simple and effective real-time relative navigation system fed by line-of-sight and range measurements, enabling the early inspection of noncooperative targets. The focus is given on robustness and simplicity: the relative navigation system has to be able to rapidly and reliably perform after first activation in orbit. The system shall be able to provide in real-time and independently to the light condition relative position accurate at the submeter level, allowing for the establishment of passively stable inspection orbits. The validation of the system will be performed using the Space Scene Imaging testbench to simulate the typical light environment expected during the mission.


  • Review of existing available documentation and test material
  • Refurbish and improve test setup with new motorization for the Space Scene Imaging testbench
  • Design and build realistic mock-up of targets
  • Design and implementation of the relative navigation system; test in Space Scene Imaging testbench;
  • Simulation of typical scenarios;
  • Write test plan and test procedure for performance validation
  • Perform tests and produce validation test report.

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