The brightest and best space students from UK universities will be competing for the chance to represent the UK in the student competition at the 2014 International Astronautical Congress in Toronto in October. The three undergraduate and three postgraduate finalists will be presenting to the selection panel on the afternoon of Saturday 14th June from 2pm at the British Interplanetary Society HQ, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ.
UKSEDS members are invited to come and be part of the audience and then take part in the post-final social at a nearby pub.
The finalists are:
- Nathan Lee Donaldson – University of Oxford – Numerical analyses towards the improvement of empirical heat flux models for atmospheric satellite re-entry studies
- Chiara Palla – Cranfield University – Design and testing of the de-orbit mechanism on the European Student Earth Orbiter satellite
- Francisco Comin – University of Surrey – Towards in-situ characterisation of planetary terrain using a hybrid wheel-leg
- Ciara McGrath – University of Strathclyde – Time-optimal transfer to a solar polar orbit using solar sail propulsion
- Tijana Bogicevic – University of Strathclyde – The design and manufacture of inflatable hyperelastic structures
- Danielle Baker-Wilson – University of Bristol – Dynamic analysis and GNC considerations for the deorbit of the Envisat satellite using a tether-tug-harpoon system
Each of the two prize winners will be presented with a cheque for GBP 500 at IAC 2014 in Toronto after the student competition has taken place. A further prize of GBP 500 will be given to the Undergraduate winner by UKSEDS.