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Winners of the fourth SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition Announced

26 August, 2014

SGAC and IAASS is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition.


Winners of the third SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition Announced

26 August, 2014

This year, as a consecutive fourth year, several technical papers were submitted from SGAC members around the world in response to the announcement of the SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition. The SGAC/IAASS reviewer committee had a difficult job for the final selection of the three winners, which was based on the following criteria: technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to the conference topics.

SGAC and IAASS is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition. Ms. Lauren Napier (USA), Ms Francesca Letizia (Italy), and Mr. Goktug Karacalioglu (Turkey)  who will present their technical papers at the 7th International IAASS Space Safety Conference "Space Safety is no accident" in Friedrichshafen, Germany (20-22 October, 2014). More information on the conference is available on their website, here  and the papers will be available after the conference.

The competition asked members of the Space Generation Advisory Council to submit a paper on a topic related to any aspect of conference topics, including space system safety, space debris, range safety and commercial orbital/sub-orbital spaceflight safety among others. The IAASS scholarship includes free registration at the conference, gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation for each of the winners, as indicated below.

For the titles of the winners' papers, winners' biographies, and more information on IAASS please see below.

Winners' Paper Titles:



About Goktug (Turkey)

Having a mechanical engineering BS and an engineering management MS degree, Arif Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu is currently continuing the Space Studies Master Program at International Space University (France) and operational research PhD program in Middle East Technical University (Turkey). His essential interest about the space sector are space launch vehicles, spaceports, and human spaceflight. He has been contributing to the Space Safety Magazine website with his articles since 2013. His future desire is working in space industry as well as sharing his knowledge as a part-time academician.


About Francesca (Italy)

Francesca, from Sardinia (Italy), studied Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. In parallel to the M.Sc., she attended also the Alta Scuola Politecnica, a project for the top 5% students from Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Milano that provides the students with the basic elements to analyse how the socio-economic context influences technology development. After her graduation, she worked as a consultant for Booz&Company and as a research assistant at Politecnico di Torino, where she was involved in the optimisation of hybrid rockets. In October 2012, she started a PhD at the University of Southampton, studying a new approach to model space debris evolution. As a support to her PhD studies, in June 2013 she received an Amelia Earhart Fellowship, awarded every year to 35 outstanding women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Thanks to fellowship, she was able to attend several conferences, including the Space Generation Congress and the International Astronautical Congress in Beijing (China) where her poster was selected as the best in the space debris symposium and shortlisted for the best poster award. In addition, in December 2013 she received an IET Travel Award to present her work at the Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in Santa Fe (USA). Recently, in April 2014, she won the poster competition organised at the WISE Student Colloquium.


About Lauren (USA)

Lauren Napier earned a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of North Florida. She is currently finishing her Masters of Art in International Relations at Webster University in Vienna, Austria. Lauren has experience in outer space law and policy through her membership at the Space Generation Advisory Council and the SGAC Space Law Group as well as from her outer space law and policy class at Webster.

Lauren also has experience in Analog Planetary Research through her volunteer work at the Austrian Space Forum where she attended mission control for World Space Week 2013. With the Austrian Space Forum she is currently heading up a policy initiative for international APR collaboration. She has attended UNCOPUOS meetings and has been part of the SGAC delegation for the scientific and technical subcommittee meetings and the Austrian delegation for the legal subcommittee meetings in 2014.


About the Prize / Scholarship:

There will be three (3) scholarships awarded to the best technical submissions to attend the 7th International IAASS Space Safety Conference "Space Safety is no Accident". Each of the scholarships will include free registration at the conference and gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation. The paper selection criteria are technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to conference topics. Papers have to be the result of authors' research and shall not have already been presented or published at any other conference/proceedings. The award / scholarship will be given after conference attendance based on justified expenses (i.e.: receipts) and cost economizing travel choices. Further questions related to award can be addressed to the point of contact of the competition: C. Felix.

Winners will be selected to present their work in an oral presentation or poster at the conference. After the conference, winners will be requested to write a small article for SGAC and IAASS newsletters about their experience.


About IAASS:

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. IAASS is committed, through the knowledge and dedication of its members, to internationally advance space safety.

IAASS goals are to:

1. advance the science and application of Space Safety.

2. improve the communication, dissemination of knowledge and cooperation between interested groups and individuals in this field and related fields.

3. improve understanding and awareness of the Space Safety discipline

4. promote and improve the development of Space Safety professionals and standards

5. advocate the establishment of safety laws, rules, and regulatory bodies at national and international levels for the civil use of space

The IAASS membership is open to anyone having a professional interest in space safety. The organisation strives to include students and young professionals in their technical committees on "Launch Range Safety", "Space Exploration Safety", "Re-entry & Space Debris", "Space Safety Legal Regulatory Committee" and "Human Factors & Performance for Space Safety". If you are interested in getting involved, please, contact with Dr. Maite Trujillo – IAASS Young Professional Chair ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

IAASS student membership fees are reduced, if you can demonstrate full time registration in accredited academic institution.

IAASS is also the proud sponsor of the SGAC Project Group on Space Safety and Sustainability.

Website: http://iaass.space-safety.org/

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