[SGC/IAC 2022] SGAC – OHB SE Competition

OHB SE, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support 2 students or young professionals to attend the 20th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on 14 – 16 September and 18 – 22 September, 2022 respectively in Paris, France.

Application deadline: 31st May 2022, 23:59 GMT


With over 40 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB SE is one of the leading independent players in the European space, aeronautics and telematics sector. Ideas and systems for studying our solar system form the core of OHB’s exploration activities. Various companies in the OHB Group are working on life sciences, human spaceflight and exploration missions, such as the ISS programme, Gateway, ExoMars, and the upcoming lunar exploration activities. OHB is working in close collaboration with the European Space Agency and other national agencies to continue looking for international possibilities, to strengthen the international exploration scenario.

An increasing effort is being made by various governmental and private players around the world to enable the next generation of lunar exploration. This includes activities like space mining, build-up of lunar infrastructure or deep-space transportation services.

Given the latest developments, what disruptive business case ideas for a future lunar or cislunar economy could be envisioned? What are some future trends to be expected related to that by 2030 and what might be potential customers?

Now, we need you on board this exciting challenge of setting up a thriving economy on the moon! If you have ideas regarding novel business cases in a lunar ecosystem, submit your essay to the OHB SE Competition! 

The paper should reflect your view of the future, include a description of the business case(s), potential customers and possible challenges which need to be overcome along the way.

The winners of the competition will be required to submit a full paper describing in detail the solution to the target challenge, together with a recent CV.


The author(s) of the winning essays will receive an award in order to attend the following events:

  • 20th Space Generation Congress (SGC): 14 – 16 September 2022
  • 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC): 18 – 22 September 2022

The award will include provisions for travel, accommodation, and registration for SGC and IAC. The amount for each of the two scholarships is €2000.

The winners will sit at the OHB table at the SGC gala dinner.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your complete application using the Scholarship Submission Form. Scholarship closed

Please submit your documents as unlocked PDF files. Your name(s) should be included at the top of all pages. Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.

Your applications will need to include:

  • 1000 words essay written in English (The full paper will be asked in a second stage if you result as the winner)
  • CV



  • The competition is open to all registered SGAC members between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of their 35th birthday) on 22 September 2022.
  • The competition is open to individuals or teams, students or young professionals.
  • Competition organisers and judges are not eligible for this award.


  1. The essay 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.
  2. The language of all submissions shall be English.
  3. 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.
  4. The paper should conform to all the rules for the submission to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, pictures, etc..) and not exceed ten pages in length.
  5. All team submissions must be done by one point of contact, main author of the paper and only person that will be recognised as the winner and reimbursed for the competition.
  6. The winners of the competition will be required to deliver to OHB a presentation about their paper.
  7. All submissions shall be made by the 31st May 2022, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
  8. 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 authors shall:

  • Attend the entire SGC 2022.
  • Attend the entire IAC 2022.
  • Support the running of SGC 2022 and the SGAC booth at IAC 2022. These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of an SGC working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.
  • Meet with the competition supporters during IAC 2022. The meeting will be organized by SGAC.
  • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing their experience at SGC 2022 and IAC 2022 for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partner. The report and video shall describe the experience of the winner at the events. For example, speakers that were particularly interesting, group discussions that stood out or other event highlights.

All responsibilities shall be fulfilled and reports etc. submitted no later than 23rd October 2022. In case the scholarship awardees do 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. 


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGC / IAC 2022, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. The scholarship award reimbursement is conditioned on the awardee fulfilling the scholarship requirements no later than 23rd October 2022.
  3. In the case the winners receive funding for SGC 2022 and/or IAC 2022 by any other organization, the Scholarships Team shall be informed. If the applicants don’t inform the Scholarships Coordinators, SGAC holds the right not to 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.
  4. Applicants are advised not to engage in 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.
  5. Reimbursements will follow the SGAC Scholarships Travel Policy & Reimbursement Guidelines. Please make sure to consult the Guidelines before incurring in expenses.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and all affiliated organizers to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.
  2. Copyright of the submitted entry shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and all affiliated organizers are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers. SGAC and all affiliated organizers may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.


  1. Organizers shall not be responsible in the event that SGC 2022 and/or IAC 2022 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the winning author, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organizers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner(s) fails to attend SGC 2022 and/or IAC 2022 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  3. Organizers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner(s) 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 Scholarships team and OHB SE employees.

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%)


Entries accepted:


Application Deadline:

31 May 2022, 23:59 GMT

Application Evaluation

1 – 31 June 2022

Winner announced

1 July 2022 15 July 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances the announcement has been delayed. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we complete the judging.

Space Generation Congress:

14 – 16 September 2022

International Astronautical Congress

18 – 22 September 2022


For any questions, please refer to the SGAC Scholarships Team at [email protected]


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 40 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, ‎specializing ‎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.

More information at: www.ohb.de and www.ohb-system.de

If you or your organization 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 ([email protected]).

Past Winners

  • 2021: 
    • Tania Gres – “Food management for a base on the Moon, sustaining its harsh environment”
  • 2019: 
    • Matej Poliacek – “PNT Luna”; and 
    • Stefan Panajotović – “Moon Fibre- Fibres from Lunar Regolith”
  • 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”