29 JUNE - 5 JULY 2024 (7 DAYS)


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welcome to the 3rd edition of the lde nl space campus summerschool!

We are most excited for you to join us, as we cannot offer anyone this opportunity and experience without your attendance. On this page you find all the information you need. You might need some information we have not thought about, so please be welcome to offer any input and ask us anything you would like to know. 

The most important thing for this week is to grow your experience, knowledge and have fun!

In case of emergency, please contact Maaike Smelter. You can find her phone number in the Whatsapp group. 


Below you will find the detailed program of the LDE NL Space Campus Summer School 2024. Please note that this is subject to change. 

Transport is arranged on some days and other days you are required to take get to the location yourself. Every is indicated which transportation is required. Please be on time for the bus, if we leave with the bus. We are on a tight schedule and visiting organisations that are going out of their usual way to receive us. If in any case you miss the bus, it is your responsibility to get to where the group is at that time. You can read below where we start and end each day and where the activity is located. 

Please bring your Passport on Monday through Thursday, and your laptop from Monday through Friday. 

Today we will meet at PLNT Leiden, where you will get your goodie bag, information about the upcoming week, meet the other participants and work in teams to solve your challenge. We end the day with dinner together. 

12:30 Welcome and introduction at PLNT (Langegracht 70, 2312 NV Leiden)

13:30 Team Building Activity

17:30 Dinner 

PLNT is within walking distance of Leiden Central Station. The team provides no transportation on this day.

Today we will be in the ECHO building at TU Delft, where you will receive introductions to NL Space Campus, Leiden Delft Erasmus Universities Alliance, and the project/project teams you will work on. 

There will be a businesscase workshop offered by RSM Business School, where you will learn hands on how a positive business case works and how you work towards it with your team. 

After a session will be hosted called ‘Exploring Ethics and Collaboration in Space Industry’ offered by the director of NL Space Campus. 

Transportation: Walk to ECHO Building

10:30: Arrival at ECHO TU Delft (Van Mourik Broekmanweg 5, 2628 XE Delft) 

11:00: Introductions by LDE and NL Space Campus

11:30: Project Introductions

12:00: Lunch

14:00: Business Case Workshop by RSM Business School

16:30: Exploring Ethics and Collaboration in Space Industry By NL Space Campus

18:00: End of the day

Since the ECHO Building is much easier to reach by walking than by bus, we recommend you take a nice walk to the ECHO building to and from Delft Central Station. The team provides no transportation on this day. 


Today we will visit ESTEC for a lecture and a tour, SBIC Noordwijk, and experience a workshop about funding and investing in the space industry. Next to that, there will be pitches from an ESA BIC startup and time to work on your project. 

We end the day with a visit and dinner at West End Companies. 

9:00: Bus Departure from Leiden CS to ESA ESTEC (Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk)

10:00: Presentation of ESA

10:45: Tour of ESTEC

11:45: Group Picture (bring your T-Shirt!)

12:00: Lunch Break

13:00: Travel to Space Business Innovation Center (Kapteynstraat 1, 2201 BB Noordwijk) 

13:30: Welcome to SBIC and Presentation by ESA BIC and Scherpe Tanden

14:15: Coffee Break

14:45: Presentation by CERES Space and NSO

15:15: Project Work Time

17:30: Bus Departure from SBIC to WestEnd (Meer en Duin 25, 2163 HB Lisse)

18:00: Company Visit WestEnd

20:00: Transport to Leiden CS

All transportation written above is provided by the team. 

Today you will visit Unmanned Valley for a drone experience and lecture about Drones and Earth Observation possibilities. 

In the afternoon we will be in Delft, visit TNO and receive a workshop and tour from TNO about instrumentation for Space. 

We will end today with a visit and dinner at S[&]T. 

9:00: Bus Departure from Leiden CS to Unmanned Valley (Marinevliegkamp 356, 2236 ZZ Katwijk aan Zee)

9:30: Presentation by Unmanned Valley

10:00: Coffee Break

10:15: Drone Workshop

11:30: Transport to ECHO TU Delft (Van Mourik Broekmanweg 5, 2628 XE Delft) 

12:00: Lunch Break

12:45: Introduction TNO Programme

13:00: Lecture on Earth Observation and Optics by TNO

13:30: Lecture on System Architecture by TNO

14:00: Coffee Break

14:15: Tour/ Workshop Round 1 by TNO

15:15: Tour/ Workshop Round 2 by TNO

16:15: Break

16:30: Group Presentations

17:30: Transport to S[&]T (Olof Palmestraat 14, 2616 LR Delft)

18:00: Presentation S[&]T

18:30: Dinner at S[&]T

20:00: Transport to Delft CS

All transportation written above is provided by the team. 

Today we will visit Sterrewacht Leiden, SRON and Leidse instrumentmakers School. There will be lectures about Astronomy, Space Law and Instrumentation for Space. We end the day with a visit to Airbus. 

9:15: Check in at Leiden Law (Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden)

9:30: Lecture on Space Law (Tanja Masson Zwaan)

10:15: Coffee Break

10:30: Astronomy Lecture

11:30: Walk to Leiden Old Observatory

12:00: Lunch & Tour of the Leiden Old Observatory

13:30: Bus Departure from Old Observatory to SRON (Niels Bohrweg 4, 2333 CA Leiden)

14:00: SRON Visit and Tour

14:45: Walk to LiS (Einsteinweg 61, 2333 CC Leiden)

15:00: Visit and Lecture by LiS

16:00: Bus from LiS to Airbus (Mendelweg 30, 2333 CS Leiden)

16:30: Tour at Airbus

17:30: Networking Drinks at Airbus

18:30: End of day (walk to Leiden CS)

All transportation written above is provided by the team. 

Today we will visit Lunar Zebro and Tumbleweed. You will get lectures and workshops about Space Engineering, Earth Observation, Robotics, and Mars- and Moonrovers. 

We will end the day with a visit and dinner at Demcon. 

8:45: Bus from Delft CS to the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering TU Delft (Kluyverweg 1, 2629HS Delft)

9:15: Introduction Lecture Space Engineering

10:00: Coffee Break

10:15: Earth Observation Possibilities Lecture

11:00: Coffee Break

11:15: Robotics Lecture

12:00: Workshop by Lunar Zebro

13:00: Project Work Time

13:30: Lunch Break

14:00: Project Work Time

16:30: Workshop by Tumbleweed

17:30: Transport to Demcon ( Delftechpark 23, 2628 XJ Delft)

18:30: Dinner at Demcon

20:00: Transport to Delft CS

All transportation written above is provided by the team. You are required to get to Delft CS by yourself. 

Today you will work on your project at SBIC Noordwijk, present your solution to your client at Space Expo, and receive a tour at Space Expo. 

We end the day with a barbecue at SBIC and a closing party (optional) in Leiden. 

9:00: Bus Departure from Leiden CS to SBIC (Kapteynstraat 1, 2201 BB Noordwijk)

9:30: Project Work Time

12:00: Lunch Break

13:00: Walk to Space Expo (Keplerlaan 3, 2201 AZ Noordwijk)

13:30: Project Presentations

15:45: Tour in Space Expo

17:00: Closing of the Summer School and Group Picture

17:15: Walk to SBIC

17:30: Network BBQ 

20:00: Transport to Leiden CS

20:30: Closing Party in Leiden

All transportation written above is provided by the team. 

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code of conduct

As we have mentioned many times, it is very important to take with you the correct identification, namely a passport. If you forget your passport, we cannot guarantee you entry to all activities and may have to decide to not take you along as we cannot let you stay outside alone. 

Please note: when entering ESTEC, you are crossing a European border, since ESTEC is on neutral ground. That means: the ID you need on a plane, is the ID you need when entering ESTEC. 

Please be on time for the bus every morning. We are on a tight schedule and visiting organisations that are going out of their usual way to receive us. If in case you miss the bus it is your own responsibility to get to where the group is at that time.

Dress appropriately. Nothing formal is necessary (suit, dress etc) but we ask you not to come in sports or leisure gear. We will visit locations and have activities for which organisations made an effort for you to offer an exciting programme and they might one day be your future employer.

Respect each other; during this week you will meet students from various different backgrounds and experiences. Everyone is here to learn and contribute to summer school. Therefore: Give everyone room to express their views and experiences, if someone doesn’t understand something: explain it to him/her, disrespect, ignoring, hazing or harassment is unacceptable and requires the team to take action.

We want you to enjoy yourself, but if you feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is, or have any other concerns, please talk to the confidant. Stefan Zeeman is your trusted confidant for this week and will keep everything private if you wish. He will support you with anything that feels important to you.

We are using the Whatsapp Group for standard communications throughout the week. This group is our main form of contact for you throughout the week.

Please beware that not everyone wants their picture published, so refrain from tagging people until you’ve asked their permission. You certainly have permission from the team members and most company names!

Depending on the organisation we visit or have a presentation from, it might not be allowed to take pictures. When in doubt, please ask.

Some extra information

Below you find the programme for the entire week. Since we are working with many partners and the schedule can be influenced by a lot of factors, this programme is subject to change when necessary. We will also share in the whatsappgroup when something changes in the schedule.

From Monday till Friday it is wise to bring your laptop, so you can work on your project with your team.

Dietary restrictions are very important to us, but we are only human. If something is not correct, please forgive us and let us know, so we can find the best solution together.

Making pictures? Please share them with everyone in our mutual Whatsapp group!

We have an insta and LinkedIn account, please tag us @nlspacecampus when you post stuff. We like that 🙂

Wear presentable clothes on Friday. There will be a photographer attending, so you may even get your next company profile pic!

Frequently asked questions

The registration fee covers most meals and transportation as indicated in the schedule. Breakfast is not included, and you may need to arrange your own transportation for some short trips. 

Participants need to find their own accommodation. We recommend staying in Leiden, as the team will be based there. Hotels in Leiden cost around €100 per night. You can also explore cheaper options or share rooms with other participants. 

You need a valid ID, professional clothing for certain days, and a laptop (except on the first day). 

You’ll receive a certificate, a mission patch, and the opportunity to build your resume and career. More importantly, you’ll build relationships and network within the space industry. 

It’s okay if you need to miss a session for a valid reason, such as an exam or a mandatory presentation. However, we encourage full participation to maximize your experience and benefits from the programme. If you have specific concerns, please talk to the team, and we’ll try to accommodate your needs. 

Please inform us of any dietary requirements during the registration process, and we will do our best to accommodate them. 

Projects will cover various topics like drones, space instrumentation, satellite data, space business, space law, and earth observation. You will have the freedom to choose a project that interests you. 

If you think of any questions, feel free to send an email to We will be happy to assist you. 


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Frequently asked questions


A key element of the Summer School is the project that you will be working on. You will be placed into a project team of 6 students with the different backgrounds (Science, Law, Engineering and Business) that you will need to find a solution to your challenge. Your team will work on the challenge during the entire week starting on day 1 with a team building exercise. 

Then, during the week, you will be provided with relevant information to work on your team’s challenge with the presentations and visits of the different locations. Your team will receive some information and guidance to start your project, but it will be up to your team to find solutions and know when to ask for the relevant information from the experts during the visits.

At the end of the week, you will present your work to your peers and experts to demonstrate you understood the challenge and what solutions and innovations your team has identified to answer the challenge. This year we have 6 project challenges. You can find your project file below: 

Over the last ten years the Netherlands Space Office has been developing the Satellite Data Portal to make high resolution satellite data available and usable for the Dutch citizens. With the data portal users access satellite data mapped to the Netherlands and make comparisons between different types of observations and the changes over time.

In the last year NSO has released the Caribbean Satellite Data Portal (BES). With the data now available for the Caribbean, the next challenge is getting the people and the communities in the Caribbean to start using the data portal. Having the data available is one thing, translating this in useful insights and knowledge requires a next step by the users or intermediaries.

You will work in a team of business, law, science and engineering students to build on the Summer School 2023 results that identified the possible uses for the Caribbean. Based on these use cases (and perhaps new ideas from your team) you are asked to identify the stakeholders for these use cases and determine a strategy/roadmap to stimulate the use of the data portal.

How can the increasing possibilities in Earth Observation be used for covering the data gaps in the sustainability reporting of corporations?

Climate change is one of the major problems that humanity is currently facing. With global average temperature expected to increase at least twice as much in the next 100 years as it has during the last 100 years1, intensifying environmental measures in the coming years is essential for reducing global warming. Many governments have formed legislation regarding ESG factors to stimulate sustainability actions at large corporations. To ensure that progress is being made, it is essential to report on and audit the status and steps taken.

You will work in a team of business, law, science and engineering students to dissect these CSR legislations and investigate how EO applications can help with the reporting on progress made.

Securing access to appropriately skilled people to ensure competitiveness and innovation of the EU space sector.

Space technologies are evolving fast, and new skills must follow accordingly to adapt to this changing environment. New programmes and innovative platforms with the aim to disclose skills to the industry and develop spot on curricula to achieve the goals of the EU in the aerospace and defense ecosystem are required. Access to appropriately skilled people is essential to ensure competitiveness and innovation of the EU space sector which currently employs over 230.000 professionals and will grow rapidly in the next few years.

You will work in a team of business, law, science and engineering students to identify a business case, for developing and exploiting an Open Space Academy. This on line academy collects the needs of the industry, is well embedded in the educational system and offers courses and trainings for all levels (from secondary vocational to academic level (phd/ post doc). The academy has the ambition to use immersive learning techniques to secure a spot in the ivy league of e learning platforms.

What innovative methods can be developed to integrate space-based remote sensing technology with existing drone data to enhance the detection and management of plant diseases in floriculture?

Over the past decade, the field of remote sensing has seen significant advancements, particularly in agriculture and horticulture. Last year, our project successfully utilized drone data and artificial neural networks to detect diseases in tulips and hyacinths. This approach demonstrated the potential of aerial imagery and machine learning in improving plant health management. Now, we aim to extend this innovative work by incorporating space-based remote sensing technology. Given the expertise of students in space and astronomy, this project challenges you to explore how satellite data can complement drone imagery to enhance disease detection in floriculture. You will work in interdisciplinary teams, combining skills in engineering, data science, and horticulture to develop novel solutions and assess their feasibility.

In a state of emergency, what actionable solutions are there available for the global community, based on the state of engineering, business and legal developments of today?

It is July 2024. A non-functioning Dutch satellite is headed for imminent collision with another immovable object of undefined origin. However, their collision has been scientifically modelled and proven that upon impact they will inevitably trigger the Kessler Syndrome. The object must therefore be removed from that orbit in the next six to 24 months, before this collision occurs. This is a world-wide emergency. However, some States do not believe it is their responsibility to facilitate the venture and refuse to provide funding, while some private actors accuse UNOOSA of perpetuating a false narrative. The general public does not believe this is a true risk and are focusing their attention on climate change.

Your task is to work as a team of engineering, business, law and science students to convince the UN, the private actors as well as the general population that you have an actionable cross-discipline proposal to remedy the situation, taking into consideration the current engineering developments, business considerations and space laws to run this mission before it’s too late.

Define your own new space business!

Since about 10 years space has entered a new era which many dub the commercial space era. Commercial space is no longer limited to the domain of launchers and communication satellites. New companies are now creating commercial business or government service programmes in cargo flight and Earth observation, telecommunication and other services or products. With a new increased interest in lunar exploration and even Mars, companies are looking into opportunities for providing services to government programmes and even run run full commercial programmes like commercial space stations. The challenge is that a business case for a space (related) business is not always as straight forward.

You will work in a team of business, law, science and engineering students to identify new potential business cases and create your own company, determine if they depend on governmental programmes or can be commercial self-standing and what legal aspects should be considered.

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Meet the team


Officially Community Manager for NL Space Campus, mostly excited about getting people together about awesome topics. And what’s more awesome than space? She is your event organiser, host and contact person for anything concerning practicalities and the company visits.


Programme Manager of the Leiden Delft Erasmus Universiteit Space for Science & Society programme and liaison to the NL Space Campus, full-on space-fan and gets excited about offering opportunities for young talent. He is your project lead and contact person for anything concerning lectures, workshops and the projects you will be working on. 


Official Space Summer School support and confidant for participating students. He is always ready to answer your questions and to talk whenever you need something of your chest. He is your go-to when you really need someone to talk to in private, everything you say will be said in confidence. 

Maaike Smelter | NL Space Campus

Maaike Smelter

Community Manager

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Stefan Zeeman

Project Assistant Summer School

Peter Batenburg | NL Space Campus

Peter Batenburg

LDE NL Space Campus Liaison Officer

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Universiteit Leiden
Universiteit Leiden
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam


The LDE NL Space Campus Summer School programme is hosted and funded by the Leiden Delft Erasmus Universities and Stichting NL Space Campus. 

Stichting NL Space Campus 
Kapteynstraat 1
2201 BB Noordwijk
The Netherlands 
KvK no. 75379619
BTW nummer: NL860260008B01

Stichting NL Space Campus is the gateway to the Dutch Space Cluster and, together with this strong cluster, an important European Space Hub. We connect the curious.  Both online and offline, we are here to find and share new and better ways to go from knowledge to the application of knowledge.  

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities is an alliance of 3 world leading top 100 universities and houses the largest aerospace engineering faculty in Europe, a world-famous astronomy department and the number one air and space law program in the world. With over 1.100 PhD defenses per year, 85.000 students and a collaboration with NL Space Campus, we’re working together for Space and Society.


Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. If a Participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, someone from the organisation may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. For more egregious behaviour, the organisation may, in its reasonable discretion, temporarily ban or permanently expel a Participant from the event.

If you are subjected to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify someone from the team as soon as possible. We want everyone to have the best experience possible and if you feel unsafe, please let us or the Confident officer know, so we can assist those experiencing unacceptable behaviour to feel safe for the duration of the event. All reports will remain completely confidential.

Your participation in the event is at your own risk. Your decision to participate as a volunteer is made of your own free will. You assume full responsibility for any risk of body injury, death, or property damage arising out of or related to the event. So please be mindful, together we make this week the best experience for everyone!

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