20 September, 2016

SGAC and OHB are pleased to announce the winners of the joint OHB Competition for 2016. The competition enables two outstanding SGAC members to attend the 15th Space Generation Congress and the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Based in Bremen, Germany, 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 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 offers solutions addressing the entire value chain for satellite development, construction and operation, data transmission and processing as well as 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.

SGAC would like to thank OHB once again for its generous continued support of SGAC and this annual scholarship.

Congratulations to the winners and see you in Guadalajara, Mexico!

The winners are:

Alice Barthe

Alice is a space enthusiast who strongly believes that international cooperation is key for a thriving space industry. She will graduate as an aerospace engineer from ISAE Supaero in Toulouse, France (The French Graduate School of Aerospace). During her studies she was involved in the design of a CubeSat to be operated by her university in partnership with the French Space Agency (CNES). During a year abroad, she studied space systems for a semester in Kitakyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and then moved to Sydney to work for a small company selling space software. She is currently working at The European Space Agency in the Netherlands as a trainee within the attitude and orbit control system team. Her current role includes developing simulation tools for spacecraft dynamics.

“It is an incredible honour to receive the OHB scholarship. I am very thankful to SGAC for this opportunity. I will be proud to promote their vision and carry the voice of students and young professionals. I am looking forward to discussing space-related issues with people from so many different backgrounds.”


Octavio Ponce Madrigal

Octavio Ponce is a Research Scientist with the Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR). He is also working toward the Ph.D. degree with the DLR and the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). Mr. Ponce received several international awards for his Research on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). He was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received the Ingeniero degree in telematics engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City. He has worked with aircraft security systems at EADS – Defense and Security, and he has also experience with embedded systems for high-speed video interfaces used for the Columbus Module of the International Space Station at EADS - Astrium. His research interests include MIMO SAR, performance analysis for future Earth observation space missions, 3-D high-resolution SAR imaging, and new SAR imaging modes.

“Being the winner of the SGAC - OHB Competition encourages me to keep innovating and developing new concepts for Future Earth Observation Space Missions with Radars. It is a great opportunity to attend both congresses, the SGC and the IAC, and to discuss current trends of Radar Space Missions with space leaders.”


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