This year’s awards were presented by ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Dr David Parker at the National Student Space Conference 2017.
Student of the Year: Alex Clarry
This award honours outstanding contributions to the student space community this year. This student made the most significant impact as a whole, and has demonstrated excellent leadership ability, dedication, hard work, or persistence.
Alex has been incredibly hard working this year, producing graphics, designing this year’s conference programme, handling social media and our email newsletter, and attending outreach events. He has been very active member of the team and gone above and beyond. He is a pleasure to work with and well deserving of this award.
Outreach Ambassador of the Year: Kayleigh Johnson
This award honours an outreach ambassador who promotes student effort at educating the public about the importance of space. This individual has been innovative or especially effective at promoting space exploration and development.
Kayleigh has been a fantastic member of the UKSEDS Outreach Team this year. She is enthusiastic and passionate, and more than that she is incredibly proactive, organised, and reliable. She was always ready to take on any task asked of her, and she has organised and coordinated numerous outreach events to great success. She has been an incredible asset to the Outreach team.
Branch of the Year: CranSEDS
This award honours the best performing branch which has displayed the vision of UKSEDS at every opportunity. This branch worked on a variety of projects and made a great effort to interact with other members nationally.
Despite an entirely new committee and almost entirely new members, CranSEDS has had an excellent year. They are running a high-altitude ballooning project, have entered teams into the UKSEDS rocketry and robotics competitions, won an international design competition for a flyby mission to Mars, and are organising their own Space Policy Day, with industry-leading speakers in space law, policy and ethics.
Best Project: Manchester CanSat Project
This award honours the best student technical project either at branch or national level. The winner of this award demonstrates strong accomplishment. This project overall follows, encourages, and enhances the mission of UKSEDS while building technical skills critical for students participating on the project. It serves in some form or another as to what projects should strive to attain.
Launched this year, the Manchester CanSat Project (MCP) aims to provide a platform for University of Manchester Students to build their spacecraft engineering skills over the next five years. The project came 3rd in the Preliminary Design Review of an international CanSat competition organised by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautical and Astronautical (AIAA), and the team has run workshops to teach others about the spacecraft engineering design process.