9 February, 2017

One of the main missions of SGAC is to facilitate access to the world's major space conferences for young professionals and students. The Global Grants Programme is now seeing its sixth edition, enabling four outstanding SGAC members to attend the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum and the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

Every year, this is a hard choice for the SGAC Executive. However, we are glad to report that the programme is continuing and we received an outstanding number of high quality applications this year. Meet this years' winners below!


Danton Bazaldua (Mexico)

Danton Bazaldua is studying Telecommunication Engineering at the National University Autonomous of Mexico with a focus on Satellite Communication Networks. Danton has collaborated with the Institute of Nuclear Science (U.N.A.M.) developing laser communication systems and testing of satellite communications in space.  

Danton’s first involvement with the Space Generation Advisory Council was as part of the Local Organizing Committee for Space Generation Congress 2016 that was held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Moreover, he was coordinator of the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation Workshop and is actively involved with the Space Exploration Project Group (SEPG). Danton is also an active member of the Law and Space Policy Group that collaborates with the Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) which focuses on Space Economics and Benefits for Latin America.

At the beginning of 2016 Danton won the first place in the Mexican Design Mission Contest hosted by the University of Surrey. During the International Astronautical Congress 2016, he had the opportunity to present articles about satellite communications and space economy in Latin America.

“It is an honor for me to receive the Global Grants grant and have the opportunity to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the Space Symposium and get the opportunity to create cooperation projects with future space leaders for the benefit of mankind.”


Harriet Brettle (United Kingdom)

Harriet Brettle is Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society in London and working to strengthen the organisation’s presence in the UK. She is currently studying astrophysics at Queen Mary, University of London and researching methods to improve exoplanet detection. Harriet volunteers with SGAC as executive co-secretary and is a member of the Space Law and Policy project group. She has a keen interest in improving public engagement with space science, interactions between different fields relevant to space exploration, and the future of space financing. Harriet also has a mathematics degree from the University of Warwick.

I am delighted to be offered this fantastic opportunity to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the 33rd Space Symposium. I am excited to meet with like-minded space enthusiasts and expanding my network within SGAC; I look forward to contributing to the international space industry both now and in the future.


Oniosun Temidayo Isaiah (Nigeria)

Oniosun Temidayo Isaiah is a graduate of Meteorology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria and the Pioneer President of the University Space Club. He is a former Intern at the National Space Research and Development Agency, a member of the SGAC web team, 2016 Recipient of the IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant, Nigeria Chapter lead for Lunar Mission One, Global Youth Mapper Leader and a campus representative of University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC).

Temidayo currently works with the Centre for Space Research and Applications, Federal University of Technology Akure where he is instrumental to the ground Station development of Nigeria EduSat-1, a collaborative project between the University Centre for Space Research and Applications, Centre for Satellite Development of National Space Research and Development Agency and Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.

“It is a great honour being awarded with this scholarship. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with professionals of the Space Industry and participate in the exchange of novel ideas for commercial ventures in the Space StartUps Arena”


Jessica Todd (Australia)

Jessica Todd has just completed her Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Advanced Science at the University Sydney. She is an alumni of the International Space University’s SH-SSP and will be pursuing a Masters of Aerospace Engineering in the United States starting in August 2017. Jessica has been a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council for the last 5 years, working as part of the PR and Communications team, and as the PR and Communications Coordinator for SGC 2015. Throughout her academic career Jessica has been involved in a number of space projects, including the development of a Martian aerostat for low-altitude imaging, and a Virtual Reality Mars Simulator to simulate spacecraft subsystem integration. In 2015 she worked at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, developing the data pipeline for a new ground based multi-lens telescope, and she has recently completed an internship at the Space Environment Research Centre, helping to track conjunctions of GEO satellites. Jessica has a driving passion for all things space, with a keen interest in the field of robotics and bioastronautics, and hopes to study the cooperation of human and machine systems for future space missions.

“I am thrilled to be attending the Fusion Forum this year and so grateful to the SGAC for this amazing opportunity! It will be a great chance to meet leaders in the industry and hopefully the networks I build can open the way for more Australian students to step into the international space industry.”


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