Operation Training & Simulation Unit
Argotec has a long and recognized history in various aerospace industry areas, including training and mission operations for the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as other industries or European agencies. Its certified instructors train the astronauts at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne and they also instruct the ground crew (the so-called flight controllers) in regards to voice protocol, ISS operations, control centres on Earth and flight rules.
Argotec aims to create new service opportunities within the space business, but also to develop many training and educational activities outside this area. Furthermore, the company provides strong expertise in systems engineering, for example designing and implementing various ground segment facilities for several operations centres and agencies.
The company provides engineering expertise in:
Argotec provides training solutions for technical training and academic learning environments. Our training skills and training techniques were acquired in several years of experience from space and defence business.
We assist our clients in selecting, developing and implementing the most effective training solutions. Argotec is able to provide expert instructors certified by NASA and ESA. We bring together traditional as well as technology based training approaches to construct blended solutions that make possible individual evolvement and contribute to overall performance. Argotec has extensive experience in space business, namely in managing simulations used to train International Space Station (ISS) controllers.
We have also developed training programs for the European Astronaut Centre (EAC). Our training methods encompass Formal/Informal Lectures , Demonstration Performances and On-Job Training Support & Evaluation.
Argotec capability covers the entire training and simulations spectrum:
- Requirements Analysis
- Definition and development of training solutions
- Project definition and scheduling
- Course delivery to Flight Controllers as well as to Astronauts
- Concept definition and implementation of Simulation
- Students evaluation and Flight Controllers Certifications
The services provided by Argotec to support operations cover:
- Ground and Flight Operations processes definition
- Operations concept definition
- Real-Time Console Operations execution
- Ground and Flight Procedures development and validation
Argotec has extensive experience and expertise in control center operations for manned space missions. Our personnel have supported a wide range of human spaceflight missions, some of them: Marco Polo Mission, Odissea Mission, Cervantes Mission, Delta Mission, Eneide Mission and Astrolab long duration Mission.
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Argotec is the prime contractor in ESA’s EUFRATE project, part of the Agency’s ARTES 4.0 programme, focused on Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems. The project will consist of researching and developing state-of-the-art and innovative hardening techniques for Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices for digital telecommunications payloads. FPGA devices find multiple and distinct […]
The first planetary defense mission has begun! 11.24.2021: NASA’s first planetary defence mission (DART), started punctually at 7.21 a.m. Italian time from the Vandenberg base in California, carrying the LICIACube satellite built by Argotec, in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Read more >>> LICIACube vola verso l’asteroide
The countdown has started! In a few hours, LICIACube will be launched, and the DART mission will start. Would you like to watch the live with us? Don’t miss the event dedicated to the launch of the first planetary defense mission in history! On Wednesday we’ll tell you all about the phases and the mission […]
Argotec is always on the move! This week we have flown to Bremen to take part in Space Tech Expo 2021! You can find us at stand E44 from 16 to 18 November. And don’t miss our presentation on 17 November at 04:30 PM ANDROMEDA: A Seamless connectivity for your next lunar mission. See you […]
This year the International Astronautical Congress is back… in person! Argotec could not miss this great opportunity! From 25th to 29th of October we will be in Dubai. Meet us at our stand: Hall No. 8-40. We’re waiting for you! We will present also four scientific paper,s if you are interested take a look at […]
High-resolution photos for the Italian MicroSat, built by Argotec and ASI, that will be on NASA’s asteroid mission Turin/Rome, 12 July 2021 – LICIACube, a microsatellite built entirely in the Argotec laboratories in Turin for, and in collaboration with, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) is ready for shipping. It will be delivered to its integration […]
Argotec has been selected by ESA to design the first battery passivation system for MicroSats, “EREBUS”. The project is part of the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications (ARTES) programme and will result in a system that can passivate all small telecommunications satellites. Argotec will lead the project, design and test the electronics. Their collaborator, ABSL, […]
For three years, Argotec has been working on ANDROMEDA, a constellation of micro-satellites that will provide support to voice, video, and data transmission for scientific, technological, and commercial activities on the Moon. To improve this service, Argotec is also working on the first terminal that will be able to connect to this constellation, providing a […]
Argotec presents CARL (Satellite Attitude Control based on Reinforcement Learning), an innovative project that aims to develop an attitude control system for microsatellites based on Artificial Intelligence techniques. Argotec’s R&D department has been working on studies dedicated to the application of Machine Learning practices on microsatellite missions for years. CARL fits into the picture of […]
Today we joined the kick-off meeting of Quango, a new project that aims to design a secure communication network implementing Quantum technologies, 5G communications, and nanosatellites. More specifically, Quango aims to design a 12U-CubeSat low-earth-orbit satellite constellation, deployed in an orbit in space at 600km, that will combine capabilities for secure communications with QKD and […]
Argotec has won the announcement MARS COMMS/NAV promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to study and identify the most promising technologies in the field of Mars communications and navigation activities. The interest addressed to the red planet and all the activities connected is very high. As the prime contractor in a consortium […]
On September 16th, Riccardo Fraccaro, the Undersecretary of State at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, has visited Argotec. He was accompanied by an institutional delegation composed by the City Mayor Chiara Appendino, the Admiral Carlo Massagli, and the Council Member Marco Pironti . Within the company’s laboratories, the young Argotec team showed the […]
Marco Montemagno interviews David Avino, Argotec Managing Director. Space Economy, microsatellites, vision, Mars, future…Don’t miss this interesting chat!
Despite the Covid-19 emergency, Argotec is investing, hiring and presenting a new project: ANDROMEDA. ANDROMEDA is an innovative nanosatellite constellation for the lunar environment able to reconvert itself to face the global health emergency. For a long time, the company has studied using its Hawk satellite platform to develop a lunar constellation able to provide […]