David Palma

CubeSat Systems Engineer - ESA

David obtained his MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Lisbon in 2016. He is passionate about mission analysis and spacecraft systems, developing his thesis project in the field of trajectory design, before joining the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee in 2017, to work in its Education Office. Since the end of his traineeship, David has been working for ESA as a test and systems engineering contractor, where he is carrying out the daily operations and continuous development of the CubeSat Support Facility (an environmental test laboratory for CubeSats) and providing Systems Engineering support to the educational CubeSat projects which are part of ESA Education's Fly Your Satellite! programme.

(Space) Systems Engineering: 7 useful insights for future engineers.

The jump from student life to the professional world can sometimes appear daunting, with the only certain thing being the presence of a learning curve that resembles more a squiggly line than a straight one. In this short talk, a young professional throws a few ropes to help you climb the hill, based on useful lessons learned from his experience as a space systems engineer, a broad field where communication with professionals of many different backgrounds and levels of expertise is key!