About University of Warwick
The University of Warwick has an integrated School of Engineering that allows multi-disciplinary engineering teams of 4th Year Master of Engineering students to undertake significant real world engineering tasks.
The Warwick ESMO team was formed in 2006 to begin work on the design/build of the electrical power supply system (EPS) for ESA’s Moon Orbiting Satellite – due for launch in 2014. Approximately 32 students have now worked on this project.
Each multidisciplinary team typically includes students from a mix of electrical, mechanical, systems, and manufacturing disciplines. Hence they are involved in the design, modelling, simulation, analysis, prototyping, and eventually building of all aspects of the EPS subsystems. Mechanical engineers on each team are required to produce designs for the solar array panel substructure, the battery casing and the general satellite grounding system using a 3D CAD system. They are also required to produce stress and thermal analysis data related to these designs. The output of such design and analysis is highly important to the success of the chosen final design.