SGAC Announces the Winner of the 2013 OHB-Move an Asteroid Competition

9 September, 2013

SGAC's Near Earth Object Working Group and OHB AG, is happy to announce the winner of the sixth annual Move an Asteroid technical paper competition: Massimo Vatrisano, from Italy. The prize for this competition is a fully paid trip to Beijing, China to attend and present the paper at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2013 and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013.

 

SGAC Announces the Winner of the 2013 OHB-Move an Asteroid Competition

9 September, 2013

SGAC's Near Earth Object Working Group and OHB AG, is happy to announce the winner of the sixth annual Move an Asteroid technical paper competition: Massimo Vatrisano, from Italy. The prize for this competition is a fully paid trip to Beijing, China to attend and present the paper at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2013 and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013. The package includes round trip airfare, hotel, and registration fees for both conferences. Massimo Vatrisano's presentation and paper will be available on the SGAC website following the conferences in Beijing.

This sixth edition of the competition challenged university students and young professionals worldwide to come up with innovative, technical solutions for detecting Near Earth Objects (NEOs), deflecting NEOs, or developing a global asteroid impact early warning system. The creative submissions, gathered from around the world, clearly demonstrated that when the right young minds are given the right opportunity, great ideas can flourish. SGAC would like to extend our congratulations to all applicants on their impressive efforts.

About the winner:

This year's winner, Massimo Vetrisano, is currently a third year PhD student at the Advance Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research is centred on autonomous guidance, navigation and control systems for missions to minor celestial bodies. This includes asteroids and comets. In particular, he is focussing on strategies and algorithms to increase reliability and minimise the impact of failure. Recently he has been involved as researcher in an asteroid deflection mission where the tools he has developed have been applied to maintain the spacecraft proximal to the asteroid. Massimo has a Meng(Hons) in Space Engineering and Astronautics from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. After completion of his master, Massimo worked at Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio S.p.a., an OHB company, for about one year till November 2010 as system engineer. He worked on the in-situ utilization techniques which in the near-future would allow mankind to exploit lunar and asteroid resources. Massimo took part to European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) as flight dynamics specialist for more than one year since 2010. For his contribution to ESMO he was shortlisted, together with his colleagues, for the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke award for Best Student Achievement.

'Winning this award represents a personal achievement and recognition for my research and the work of my team; it is an unique opportunity for me to meet with international students and young professionals in the space field. '

SGAC would like to thank also our other sponsors for this year's competition, HE Space, and individual anonymous donors



More About SGAC's NEO Working Group
The Near Earth Object Working Group is dedicated to helping the worldwide planetary defense community to meet one of nature's greatest challenges. The group provides a youth perspective to planetary defense through annual reports, competitions, conference attendance and public outreach projects related to Near Earth Objects. Using the SGAC's status as a member of Action Team 14 within UN COPUOS, the Group assists in the international efforts to bringing about a UN framework for addressing NEOs. Additionally, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart is supporting us explore potential opportunities to work together with the Association of Space Explorers. The Working Group also sponsors the annual Move an Asteroid technical paper competition, and has recently produced a 30-minute documentary on Near Earth Objects, as well as hosted a one-day outreach event in Bucharest, Romania, in conjunction with the Planetary Defense Conference.


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