Valispace & ISU: Virtual Workshop on Concurrent Design & Rapid Prototyping

BREMEN, GERMANY (August 5, 2020)

Valispace releases first of its kind virtual workshop on Concurrent Design & Rapid Prototyping in collaboration with International Space University

Valispace has unveiled a completely virtual workshop on the fundamentals of Concurrent Design & Rapid Prototyping (CDRP) in collaboration with the International Space University (ISU) of Strasbourg, France.
Given the global travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISU’s annual in-person summer Space Studies Program (SSP) has been postponed to the summer of 2021. Instead, ISU has offered its first virtual Interactive Space Program (ISP) 2020. The 5-week full-time professional development program gives participants and faculty from around the world an opportunity to learn from and network with professionals within the space industry.

In order to organize a program of this magnitude, ISU has partnered with several individuals, space agencies, and companies, including Valispace. Valispace has conducted on-site workshops in ISU’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) in the past. However, given the constraints of not being able to gather everyone in one location, Valispace recognized a new approach was required for challenges unique to ISP.

Facilitating online instruction had definitely some challenges. One of them is how quickly we had to adjust to the new online learning environment and create a curriculum that could teach students without access to the lab and class materials, typically provided in a university environment. In addition, we had to create interacting activities to keep students engaged throughout the sessions,

says Hilda Palencia, the Engineering Officer for the ISP2020

Hence, Valispace developed a novel workshop to teach the ISP 2020 students about concurrent engineering, remote collaboration and development through a specific flavour of the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach: Data-Driven Systems Engineering (DDSE). Interdisciplinary teams of students from all backgrounds and professional experience assumed various roles within a typical engineering team to work together and model an ocean observation 6U CubeSat, within the Valispace platform.

In the course of 90 minutes, the students learned how to manage design specifications, automate requirements, and generate analysis documentation aided by the platform which acts as a single source of truth. In fact, one student Medeni Soysal, was able to participate in the workshop and help his team design the CubeSat as the Lead Electronic Engineer, while commuting from Ankara to İstanbul, Turkey.

While on the passenger seat during an intercity journey through mountains and plains, I was able to be productive with my laptop through the hotspot of a mobile phone for almost 3 hours. It was an exciting experience and a convincing test drive of the concurrent engineering tools for me.

Soysal reflects on his experience.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations and academic institutions have found themselves in a rapid digital transition to continue operations. The CDRP workshop, conducted in July 2020, was designed to facilitate the educational sector to adapt to the growing culture of distance learning.
Valispace is proud to demonstrate and enable continued education in the global space industry.

About Valispace
Headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal and Bremen, Germany, Valispace is a browser-based software that enables engineers to collaboratively develop better satellites, rockets, and other complex hardware. The Valispace team has been enabling clients to develop complex hardware from the initial idea phase all the way to the final design, and have gathered the most effective ways to use data-driven engineering. These processes have been adopted in a multitude of industries such as space, automotive and medical devices. For more information about the CDRP workshop, contact Maria Peres at To learn more about Valispace, visit

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About International Space University
The International Space University is headquartered in Strasbourg, France. The summer Interactive Space Program (ISP) is an online professional development experience that prepares attendees for the challenges of working in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary teams across the distributed domains of Earth, orbit, Moon, Mars and interplanetary space. To learn more about the Interactive Space Program, visit

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