Nicolas Bobrinsky on Excellence | ESA Masterclass


The level of practical expertise, technical and operational expertise required to operate in such a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment such as space needs to be permanently developed and improved to maintain the technical excellence at the right level. But the constant improvement of the technical and operational knowledge is an exciting journey. Nicolas has experienced this first-hand since he joined the European Space Agency Operation Centre as Ground Station Engineer. As a young engineer at ESA, you can gain extremely valuable expertise through launch campaigns, test and validation campaigns, time at the console in the operation control room together with your team, witnessing and learning from the whole life cycle of a real satellite mission, one impossible thing at the time.

With 35 years of experience at ESA, Nicolas Bobrinsky is the former Head of Ground Systems Engineering & Innovation Department. He initiated and further managed the Space Situational Awareness and later the ESA Space Safety Programme.

In four episodes of this new series of ESA Masterclass, Nicolas takes us through major events in his career at ESA, covering cornerstone missions, first attempts, overcoming technical challenges, leading diverse teams and solving the unexpected problems that are part of any space endeavour.

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  1. Great talk. Thanks for sharing those interesting anecdotes! I also experienced serious communication problems due to squirrels and wolves!
    We do not emphasize enough how essential it is to have operational experience. On paper everything can work. In operations, you really see what works and what does not, what is useful and what is not. Not involving people with operational experience always results in design teams spending time on useless features and missing key ones. That has a direct impact on project cost, both in design and operation/maintenance phases.

  2. Николай Бобринский! Топ! Тоже хочу в ESA устроится , после того как получу мастера в Германии.


    We need to attach an Orbital Small Modular Reactor, to a NERVA Nuclear Rocket Engine, and create crafts in front and around them.

    In that way we can start mining valuable resources like Uranium in the Asteroid Belt, within 15 years.

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