ispace Competition

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ispace technologies, in cooperation with the SGAC, challenges young minds to think about the future of lunar exploration by developing faster and cheaper architectures for lunar resources utilization.



The content of paper must address topics related to fast and cost effective ways to recover and process lunar resources (e.g. ice) from a systems architecture, engineering, business, or other relevant prospective. Proposed systems can be created using state of the art and/or Commercial-of-the-Shelf elements. All technologies utilized should be factual and no nuclear power should be used.



The main author of the winning paper will receive an award of up to 500 USD in order to attend and give a presentation at the one of the following events:

The award could provide provisions for travel, accommodation, or registration for SGC and IAC.


Competition 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 Scholarship Submission Form. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access this page -
  5. All submissions must be made by 15 July 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 iSpace 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 give a presentation of his or her paper at SGC and/or IAC. Responsibilities also include attendance during the entire SGC.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. The winning author is required to write a short report describing his or her experience at SGC.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18.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:  15 July, 2016 - 23:59 GMT 24 July 2016, 23:59 GMT (extended)
Winners announced: 31 July, 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.).


About ispace

Ispace is a space robotics company focused on developing miniaturized technology to conduct exploration and prospecting missions on the lunar surface. Ispace manages Team Hakuto, a front running Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Japan and is sending its first privately financed rover to the Moon in 2017 in an attempt to win the $20M XPRIZE.



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