The Workshop on Simulation for European Space Programmes (SESP) was organised for the first time in 1990 and has since been held on a bi-annual basis. The Workshop on Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) was held for the first time in 1992. In recognition of the evolving synergy between these two domains both workshop have been combined into a single workshop addressing both domains as of 2010.
The combined workshop is covering the design, assembly, integration and test facilities in phase A, B, C and D of the Space Segment. This includes System Concept Simulators, Mission Performance Simulators, Functional Engineering Simulators, Software Verification Facilities, Integration and Test benches and associated Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE). An important aspect to exploit is the commonality between these facilities in the area of modelling, simulation and databases as well as methods and tools.
The main objective of the workshop is to bring together representatives of Space Agencies and Industry to review the state-of-the-art in modelling, simulations and ground systems simulators as well Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), and to debate the needs and solutions for the future.
The workshop is intended to be the meeting place for both software developers and users in order to share valuable information on the progress on methodologies and tools and also on practices to meet project objectives.
The workshop offers an opportunity to launch new ideas and to receive inspiring input to plan the future work. ESA expects also to receive feedback from the National Agencies and Industry on new Research and Development activities and on the expected role of ESA within the European Space Modelling, Simulation and EGSE community.