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Space Challenges consists of NINE thematic weeks (between September and November), which will cover the basics of all space-related areas including he business side. The typical workflow is shown in the following table:

Week(s) Theme
1 & 2 Aerospace Engineering
3 Robotics and A.I.
4 Nanotechnology
5 & 6 Space Science and Exploration
7 Space Applications
8 Astrobiology and Space Medicine
9 Entrepreneurship and Team Projects Finals

Detailed description of the curriculum:

Weeks 1 & 2 - Aerospace Engineering

  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • What is a spacecraft: System level engineering and space architecture
  • How does it function: Subsystems, integration and testing
  • Mission Design: Concurrent Mission Design, Concurrent Mission Engineering
  • Spacecraft technology: State-of-the-art projects – extremely small VS extremely large projects/CubeSat technology, swarm satellites
  • Rocket science: Rocket engines and Space propulsion systems and the next- generation launch systems
  • Rocket science: Rocket engines and Space propulsion systems and the next- generation launch systems
  • Space stations: Current technology (International Space Station)
  • Space Systems Architecture

Week 3 - Robotics and A.I

  • Introduction to A.I., Adaptive Algorithms and Machine learning
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Robotic engineering: Subsystems and functionalities
  • Computer Vision, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Human – Robot interaction, Uncanny Valley, Bionics
  • Robotics for Earth-based applications: Exoskeleton structures

Week 4 - Nanotechnology

  • Intro to Nanotechnology
  • Material sciences
  • Engineering and Industrial Design and Biomechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Nanotechnology: Atomically Precise Manufacturing
  • Nanotech applications

Week 5 & 6 - Space Science and Exploration

  • Relevant Topics in Modern Astrophysics
    • Exoplanets
    • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
    • Astrobiology
    • M Dwarf stars - dominant, active, harboring life?
    • Cosmology
    • Orbits, Orbital Mechanics
  • Relevant Topics in Space Physics
    • Solar and Magnetospheric Physics
    • Space Weather
    • Space Radiation
  • Relevant topics to Space Exploration
    • Human Spaceflight
    • Robotic Space Missions: Lunar exploration, Deep space exploration, Mars exploration, Comet and asteroid exploration
    • Robotics in space exploration and extreme environments: Flyers, Divers, Landers and Orbital Probes
    • Space stations - future designs and experiments

Week 7 - Space Applications

  • Why do we explore space?
  • Space and Spaceship Earth: The connection
  • Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
  • Communication Technologies and applications
  • Space Weather and Earth-related studies
  • Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT)
  • Data Visualization: Earth-based science
  • Space and Earth: Space-related business cases
  • Space Tourism

Week 8 - Astrobiology, Biotechnology and Space Medicine

  • Space Biomedicine
  • Molecular and Synthetic Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Neuroscience - biological/computer interaction
  • Human physiology in Space
  • Closed-loop systems and bioreactors
  • Intro to Astrobiology

Week 9 - Entrepreneurship and Team Projects Finals

  • Entrepreneurship in the high-tech sector
  • Next-Generation high-tech projects
  • New Space Initiative
  • Economy vs Technology
  • Team Projects Finalization
  • Final Exam

Core Lectures

The Space Challenges program includes lectures and talks led by World-leading scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs who share their success stories and their perception about the near future. Space Challenges is a multidisciplinary program and shows the real connections and links between diverse science and technologies topics.

It is open to students with diverse background, and as such it includes core-curriculum lectures, separated in thematic modules: Aerospace engineering, Space systems technologies and applications, Planetary sciences, Astrophysics, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, Medicine and Neuroscience, Nanotechnology, as well as entrepreneurship studies on how specific technologies create common wealth and disrupt whole industries.

List of lecturers: http://www.spaceedu.net/lecturers-at-space-challenges

Team Projects

Space Challenges is a multidisciplinary educational program that is completely practice-oriented. Therefore, team projects are organized and our Space Cadets are divided into teams of 5-6 people, working together throughout the entire program.

Team projects for 2016 are going to be announced soon!

Link for Space Challenges projects: http://www.spaceedu.net/space-challenges-projects/


Workshops and team building activities are designed to develop experience and leadership skills. Hands-on activities are embedded within the core curriculum and each week workshops and exercises are broadening the knowledge and the capabilities for the participants, helping them develop successful team projects.

Workshop examples include:

  • Robotic Engineering competition
  • Nanotech World
  • STK Orbits Simulation
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Specific Software Introduction
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Team Projects Presentation techniques

Online library

Over the years our team has developed an online educational platform with over 100 hours of original video educational content in the form of lectures, presentations and interviews. The content is available online and the lectures are posted here: http://www.spaceedu.net/library/ and at Space Challenges YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SpaceChallenges/videos

Recourses and Partnerships

Space Challenges Program has established close cooperation with Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and Technical University – Sofia – two of the leading universities in the Balkans. The program has long-term partnership with America for Bulgaria Foundation as well as strategic partnership with Telenor Group. Through those close collaborations Space Challenges brings industry, education, science and technology together and acts as a bridge between those segments of the economy.

Each year Space Challenges participants get access to cutting-edge online resources, well designed office and lab space for project development and lecture auditoriums for the core presentations. The program provides all required technical resources for the development of tech projects as well as hands-on mentorship and custom-built workshops.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive certificates of completion, as well as introduction to leading high-tech companies and venture capitals.

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Prepare the next wave of explorers, leading the way for Humanity in Space.


Develop a generation of young scientists and technologists with an entrepreneurial mindset.


Space exploration has for many years attracted the interest of generations. The core science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and their application to real problems are the basis of Space Challenges.

Our mission is to help develop a generation of young scientists and technologists with an entrepreneurial mindset, who have been exposed to the best practices in space research and advanced technologies.

Space Challenges offers innovative approach to science and technology, enabling unprecedented opportunities for fostering entrepreneurial skills in the process. The program has revolved around three components: science, technology and entrepreneurship. Space Challenges is a multidisciplinary educational program that is completely practice-oriented.

The program format is comprised by 3 main activities:

  1. Core lectures led by leading experts
  2. Workshops and practices
  3. Team projects

The main advantage of the program is that the participants are engaged into active participation. The workshops and exercises comprise more than 70% of the entire program. At the end of each program’ session, our Space Cadets (participants) have designed, developed and built prototypes of products and applications.

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