Space Solar Power

Space Solar Power Competition

Description | Award | Competition Guidelines | Schedule | Contact | Sponsor | Past Winners

The Space Power Committee (SSP) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) challenges young minds to think about the new and innovative technical concept for Space Solar Power (SSP).

 

Description


SSP, in its typical implementation and for the purposes of this competition, is the idea of transmitting power harvested from the sun to be used on Earth. Entrants shall describe in technical detail their idea of a new SSP technical concept taking into consideration the use of current or realistic near-future technologies in a single technical paper. The competition is intentionally broad. Applicants should attempt to understand the scientific, engineering, economic and social challenges involved.  As many as possible of the following topics should be tackled:

  • The description of both the SSP’s space and ground segments including technical challenges mentioned in the literature, such as power distribution and management (PMAD), thermal control, transportation and assembly;

  • The estimate, at a system level, of the energy balance;

  • The economic assessment of the proposed concept, taking into account current and expected launch costs;

  • The trade-off of topics such as wireless power transmission technology or solar energy conversion technology;

  • The environmental impact and safety of the design;

  • A critical comparison with existing SSP concepts focusing on the novelty and advantage of the proposed concept;

  • Estimation, where possible, of the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) for each major technology used;

  • Analysis of potential synergies and integration within terrestrial solar power infrastructures.

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Award


The main author of the winning paper will receive an award of up to 2000 USD in order to attend and give a presentation at the following events:

The award will include provisions for travel, accommodation, and registration for SGC and IAC.

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Guidelines


  1. The language of all submissions must be English.

  2. The paper should conform to the rules for submission to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc.), and not exceed ten pages in length. A template can be downloaded here.

  3. The paper must include original content and research. Work that has already been published at a past IAC or previously submitted to this competition is not eligible.

  4. The final submissions are due as unlocked PDF documents under 5 MB. They shall be submitted via the Scholarships Submission Page. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access this page - http://www.spacegeneration.org/log-in.

  5. All submissions must be made by 30 June 2016, 23:59 GMT 24 July 2016, 23:59 GMT (extended). Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

  6. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and other participating organisations to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.

  7. The competition is open to anyone from any country. The competition is not open to SGAC Competition Coordinators, SGAC Co-Chairs, all members of the SGAC’s Executive Office or Council as well as members of the IAF-SPC committee and the Space Solar Power competition organisers and judges.

  8. The competition is open to individuals or teams up to a maximum of three members.

  9. In case of team submission, one member must be identified as the main author and main point of contact.

  10. Only one member of the team will be eligible to receive the scholarship.

  11. All individuals or team members must be SGAC members thirty-five years of age or younger by 30 September 2016.

  12. The winning author is required to prepare a 3 to 5 min long executive summary video.

  13. The winning author is required to give a presentation of his or her paper at SGC and/or IAC. Responsibilities also include attendance during the entire SGC.

  14. The winning author is required to support the running of SGC and the SGAC booth at IAC. Examples of tasks could include being the rapporteur of a SGC Working Group, helping with writing a group report or helping at the SGAC booth at IAC.

  15. The winning author is required to write a short report describing his or her experience at SGC.

  16. The award will be paid out after the congress, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner. It will be paid out not later than 60 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.

  17. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the SGC and/or IAC; in that case the award offer shall become void.

  18. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.

  19. Copyright of the submitted proposals shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and other participating organisations are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers. SGAC and/or participating organisations may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.

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Schedule


Entries accepted:  Now!
Paper Submission Deadline:  30 June, 2016 - 23:59 GMT 24 July, 2016 - 23:59 GMT (extended)
Winners announced: 15 July, 2016 1 August, 2016
Space Generation Congress: 22-24 September, 2016
International Astronautical Congress:  26-30 September, 2016

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Contact


For any questions, please refer to SGAC Competitions Coordinators, Michal Kunes (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.) and Jillianne Pierce (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.).

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Sponsors


SGAC would like to thank the International Astronautical Federation’s Space Power Committee and SPACE Canada for their support to run this competition.

If you or your organisation is interested in providing talented students and young professionals with the opportunity to share their work and ideas with global space community, please contact competition coordinators (contact above).

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Past Winners


2015: Gadhadar Reddy, Narayan Prasad and Divyashree Iyer “CARBON-NANOTUBE BASED SPACE SOLAR POWER”, [Paper]

2014: Thomas Sinn, “SMART SHAPE CHANGING STRUCTURES FOR SPACE BASED SOLAR POWER APPLICATIONS”, [Paper, Presentation, Video]

2013: Martin Leitgab, “HYPERMODULAR DISTRIBUTED SOLAR POWER SATELLITES - TECHNOLOGY OPTION FOR NEAR-TERM LEO DEMONSTRATION AND GLPO FULL-SCALE PLANTS”, [Paper, Video]

2013: Aidan Cowley, Daragh Byrne and Niall O'Connor, “SPACE BASED SOLAR POWER FOR REGENERATIVE ATMOSPHERIC GEOENGINEERING AND ANTHROPOGENIC POLLUTION CONTROL”, [Paper, Video]

2012: Ryoko Nakamura, “ACTIVE TYPHOON CONTROL WITH SPACE SOLAR POWER TECHNOLOGY”, [Paper, Presentation, Video]

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