OHB Competition - Future of Radar Based Earth Observation

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OHB AG, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support one SGAC member to attend this year’s 15th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).



Radars  play an important role in Earth Observation from space, not only due to their numerous applications in the areas of infrastructure, security, environment, agriculture and many others, but also because of their capability for day/night cloud independent data collection. Radar space systems also have strong potential for constellation based applications where the full potential of the technology is yet to be exploited.

This competition calls for ideas for new, advanced and disruptive missions and systems concepts, and application of radar-based Earth Observation data. These may include new approaches for commercial as well as institutional applications in this domain, legal and policy aspects related to such systems etc.

The winners of the competition will present their idea at this year’s SGC and will have their paper published on the SGAC and OHB website.



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.



  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 and the OHB 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.



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



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.).



SGAC would like to thank OHB for their support to run this competition. Based in Bremen, OHB AG is a European aerospace and technology company. Their two business units offer international customers sophisticated solutions and systems. With 30 years of experience in high technology, together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European aerospace and aeronautics industry. OHB offer solutions addressing the entire value chain for satellite development, construction and operation, data transmission and processing and the development and construction of scientific payloads and aerospace/aviation structures. Their goal is to harness existing growth potential in the German and European telematics, aerospace and security programmes and to extend and consolidate their leadership in the European micro-satellite segment on a sustained basis.

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).


Past Winners



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