SGAC – OHB SE Competition 2019
OHB SE, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support SGAC members to attend the 18th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington DC, United States.
Application first Round Deadline for Abstract: 29th March, 2019, 23:59 GMT
Application first Round Deadline for Paper: 15th May, 2019, 23:59 GMT
With over 37 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB Group is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European space, aeronautics and telematics industry. Ideas and systems for studying our solar system form the core of OHB’s exploration activities. OHB System is working intensively on ESA’s two-part flagship mission ExoMars as well as on further studies and missions for exploring our universe and our solar system. More specifically, in the last months, OHB has signed collaboration agreements with other organizations such as Blue Origin (USA) or IAI (Israel) to work towards a Lunar Commercial Service, and has been working in close collaboration with ESA to continue looking for European possibilities.
Now, we need you on board this exciting challenge of going back to the Moon! If you have ideas of new business plans for a successful lunar commercial service, submit your work or idea to the OHB SE Competition!
First round: abstract (400 words) including a description of your idea for a new business plan for a successful lunar commercial service
Second round: full paper including your new business plan for a successful lunar commercial service
The main author of the winning paper will receive an award in order to attend and give a presentation at the following events:
- 18th Space Generation Congress (SGC): 17 – 19 October 2019
- 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC): 21 – 25 October 2019
The award will include provisions for travel, accommodation, and registration for SGC and IAC. The total amount of the scholarship will be determined at a later date and communicated to those selected for round two.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your complete application using the Scholarship Submission Form.
Please submit your documents as unlocked PDF files. Your name should be included at the top of all pages. Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.
Your applications will need to include a link to your 400 word abstract written in English.
- The competition is open to all students and young professionals from any country.
- All individuals or team members shall be SGAC members between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of their 36th birthday) on 1 October 2019.
- The competition is open to individuals or teams. In case of a team submission, a contribution breakdown of the co-authors to the content shall be included. One member shall be identified as the main author and main point of contact, and only one member of the team will be eligible to receive the scholarship.
- Competition organisers and judges are not eligible for this award.
- Winners should not receive support from any other source to attend SGC and IAC. Should winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and solution will be sought.
- The abstract/paper is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. It shall be submitted via the Scholarship Submission Form. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access the submission page.
- The language of all submissions shall be English.
- The submission shall include original content and research. Work that has already been presented at a past conference or previously submitted to this competition is not eligible.
- The competition is divided into two rounds:
- First Round – Abstract
For the first round, you will need to submit an abstract conforming to the formatting requirements of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2019, and not exceeding 400 words in length (see here for more information about IAC 2019 abstract rules). A select number of abstracts will be selected for round two.
- Second Round – Paper
For round two you will be asked to submit a full paper conforming to the formatting requirements for submissions to the IAC 2019 (see here for more information about IAC 2019 paper rules).
- First Round – Abstract
- The best submissions to the First Round will be selected and only those will be eligible for the Second Round.
- The abstract/paper is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. All submissions shall be made by 29th of March 2019, 23:59 GMT for the First Round, and 15th of May 2019, 23:59 GMT for the Second Round. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
- In case of lack of quality of submissions, SGAC has the right to extend and or cancel the competition.
Responsibilities of the Winners
- The winning author shall:
- Attend the entire SGC 2019
- Attend the entire IAC 2019
- Support the running of SGC 2018 and the SGAC booth. These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of a SGC working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.
- Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing his or her experience at SGC 2019 and IAC 2019 for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners
- Present the winning paper at SGC 2019 and/or IAC 2019
- Meet with the competition supporters during IAC 2019, the meeting will be organized by SGAC.
All responsibilities shall be fulfilled and reports etc. submitted not later than 1st of December 2019. In case the scholarship awardee(s) do(es) not complete the scholarship requirements on time, the scholarship funds will be transferred to SGAC general budget to continue supporting the mission and work of SGAC.
- The award will be paid out after the SGC / IAC 2019, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
- The scholarship award reimbursement is conditioned on the awardee fulfilling the scholarship requirements not later than 1st of December 2019.
- In case applicants or the winning author receive funding for SGC 2019 and/or IAC 2019 by any other organisation, the Scholarships Coordinators shall be informed. If the applicants don’t inform the Scholarships Coordinators, SGAC holds the right to not reimburse the winning author. SGAC aims to reduce the number of double scholarships and will work with the winners to develop a solution in these cases.
- Applicants are advised to not engage any expenses until they have formal confirmation that the competition has been awarded. The SGAC is not liable for any expenses incurred by applicants in any case where a competition is not awarded, or in excess of the value of the awarded grant.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
- By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and all affiliated organisers to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.
- Copyright of the submitted entry shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and all affiliated organisers are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers. SGAC and all affiliated organisers may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.
- Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that SGC 2019 and/or IAC 2019 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the winning author, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
- Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC 2019 and/or IAC 2019 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
- 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.
Evaluators will include members of the SGAC scholarship team and representatives of the scholarship supporter.
The evaluation will be made based on a point system taking following criteria and their weights into consideration:
- Scientific Content and Detail (40%)
- Originality (40%)
- Description of Concept (20%)
5th of March 2019
First Round Deadline:
29 March 2019, 23:59 GMT
First Round Winners Announced:
5 April 2019
Second Round Deadline:
15 May 2019, 23:59 GMT
Second Round Winner announced:
1 June 2019
17–19 October 2019
21 – 25 October 2019
For any questions, please refer to SGAC Scholarships Coordinators (email@example.com).
SGAC would like to thank OHB for their support to run this competition.
OHB SE is Germany’s first listed space and technology company. Two business units, Space Systems and Aerospace and Industrial Products, offer international customers sophisticated solutions and systems.
With over 35 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB Group is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European space, aeronautics and telematics industry. It comprises more than 2200 space professionals around Europe (OHB Italia, OHB Sweden, LuxSpace, Antwerp Space, MT Aerospace, OHB System). OHB System, the major company in OHB SE, is one of the three leading space systems integrators in Europe. Located at two sites in Germany – Bremen and Munich – it has more than three decades of experience, specialising in high technology solutions for astronautics, science, earth observation and industry. Programmes include low-orbiting, geostationary satellites and payloads for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, science and interplanetary space exploration as well as systems for human spaceflight, aerial reconnaissance and process control. OHB SE itself has proven to be a reliable partner for the different national agencies, ESA, and the wider scientific community.
If you or your organisation is interested in providing talented students and young professionals with the opportunity to share their work and ideas with global space community, please contact competition coordinators (contact above).
2018: Avid Roman-Gonzalez “Spatio-temporal analysis of deforestation in areas of the Peruvian Amazon and its relationship with climate change“ and Sathesh Raj V Periasamey “Earth Observation Applications, Societal Challenges and Economic Benefits“
2017: Manfred Ehresmann “Asteroid Mining in the Context of the Future Space-Economy” and Enrique Garcia Bourne “Design for a commercial asteroid mining mission”.
2016: Alice Barthe, “GEO Space Debris mapping with Space-Based Phased-Array RADAR”; and Octavio Ponce, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Circular SAR for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites
2015: Ignasi Lluch I Cruz, “Solving the communications bottleneck: a federated approach for earth observation missions”