OHB SE Competition

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

OHB SE, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support two SGAC members to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.




While Space Mining might seem like something from a science fiction novel written in the 1960s, it is most certainly becoming a very valid reality now in 2017. With some companies becoming pioneers in asteroid mining technologies, it is likely that over the next 50 years, there will be missions to and from asteroids to mine their unique materials to bring back to Earth, or to Mars.

This competition calls for ideas in how these, and other companies that are likely to spring up over the next few decades, will be able to design, develop, build, and launch spacecraft to reach asteroids for work. What do you envision the space economy to be like, and how do you think space mining and space resources will play a role in this? Ideas include technological advancements, life support advancements, what sort of materials would be in high/low demand, would there be a new currency developed for this space economy, and so forth.

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



The main authors of two winning papers will receive an award of up to 2000 EUR 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.


Scholarship Guidelines

  1. The language of all submissions must be in English.
  2. The paper should conform to the rules for submissions to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc.), and not exceed 10 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 is not eligible.
  4. The paper is due as unlocked PDF documents under 5 MB. It 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 the Asteroid Day, 30 June 2017, 23:59 GMT 15 July, 2017, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.
  6. The competition is open to individuals or teams up to a maximum of three members. In case of a team submission, one member must be identified as the main author and main point of contact, and only one member of the team will be eligible to receive the scholarship.
  7. The competition is open for all students and young professionals from any country. All individuals or team members must be SGAC members 35 years of age or younger by 25 September 2017.
  8. Members of the SGAC Executive Office, Executive Council, competition organisers, and judges are not eligible for this award.
  9. Winning authors are required to support the running of SGC, and the SGAC booth at IAC. These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of a SGC working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.
  10. Winning authors are required to give a presentation of his or her paper at SGC and/or IAC. Responsibilities also include attendance during the entire SGC.
  11. Winning authors are required to write a short report describing his or her experience at SGC and IAC which will be showcased on the SGAC newsletter.
  12. 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 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.
  13. 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.
  14. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC and/or IAC or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 2017, 23:59 GMT 15 July, 2017, 23:59 GMT
Winners announced: 14 July 2017 1 August, 2017
Space Generation Congress: 21-23 September 2017
International Astronautical Congress: 25-29 September 2017



For any questions, please refer to SGAC Scholarships Coordinators, Nicole Chase and Michal Kunes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).




SGAC would like to thank OHB for their support to run this competition.

OHB SE is Germany’s first listed space and technology company. Two business units, Space Systems and Aerospace and Industrial Products, offer international customers sophisticated solutions and systems.

With over 35 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB Group is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European space, aeronautics and telematics industry. It comprises more than 2200 space professionals around Europe (OHB Italia, OHB Sweden, LuxSpace, Antwerp Space, MT Aerospace, OHB System). OHB System, the major company in OHB SE, is one of the three leading space systems integrators in Europe. Located at two sites ‎in ‎Germany – Bremen and Munich – it has more than three decades of experience, ‎specialising ‎in high technology solutions for astronautics, science, earth observation and ‎industry. ‎Programmes include low-orbiting, geostationary satellites and payloads for Earth ‎observation, ‎navigation, telecommunications, science and interplanetary space exploration as ‎well as ‎systems for human spaceflight, aerial reconnaissance and process control. ‎OHB SE itself has proven to be a reliable partner for the different national agencies, ESA, and ‎the ‎wider scientific community.

More information at: www.ohb.de and www.ohb-system.de

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

2016:   Alice Barthe, “GEO Space Debris mapping with Space-Based Phased-Array RADAR”; and Octavio Ponce, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Circular SAR for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites






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