1st Prize: £200

2nd Prize: £100

We've teamed up with Airbus Defence and Space to bring this year's Airbus Defence and Space Student Presentation Competition to the conference.

To enter submit a 350 word abstract on any space related topic you have undertaken at university.

The judges are primarily looking for exciting and innovative ideas encountered during your study or research.

Presentations will be judged based on the technical merit of the topic, potential for development of the idea, and quality of presentation.

The best entries will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation on their chosen topic at the first day of the conference (Saturday 4th March 2017), to a panel of industry experts and an audience of students from across the country.

The competition is open to all students working towards an undergraduate or master’s degree.

To apply, email [email protected] with the following information:

  • 350 word abstract in PDF format
  • Full name
  • University attended
  • Degree pursued
  • Contact number
  • Alternative email address

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Deadline for entries: 11th February 2017

2017 Finalists

Oliver Cann | University of the West of England

How exactly do objects move in outer space, from the comparatively minute satellite, to the immense planets of our solar system? How can we use this knowledge to improve everyday life through gadgets like GPS or satellite imaging, and could it one day be the key to unlocking more accessible space travel?

Sebastian Hill | University of Southampton

The Taguchi Method is an efficient way of finding designs and configurations that are near optimal, with significantly reduced effort compared to standard concurrent design. This can be used to design and analyse an optimal theoretical single stage to orbit spaceplane propulsion system that could be the future of space travel.

Jérémie Joannès | University of Bristol

Did life originate from space? How can we find out? With CubeSats becoming increasingly appealing to universities, it is easier than ever for students to contribute to the debate of the origins of life. This presentation will describe the studies carried out at the University of Bristol, aiming to place a live-sample DNA-sequencing CubeSat in orbit to answer this ancient question. The biological context, the proposed payload and the mission analysis will be covered, followed by the potential spin-offs that could have benefits ranging beyond the scientific community.

Jocelino Rodrigues | University of Bristol

Changes in the space environment, resulting mainly from the Sun’s activity, have abundant effects to our planet, such as damage of power distribution networks, as well as to spacecraft's communications, performance and reliability. A satellite constellation could persistently produce 3D maps of the equatorial solar surface, allowing accurate and timely forecasts of space weather several days in advance of currently provided services.

Gavin Shuttleworth | University of Strathclyde

Momentum exchange space tethers could be used to transfer payloads from the International Space Station to the Earth. Such a tether would be deployed from an Earth orbiter and enable easier sample return. Space tethers have a committed following within the scientific community although they have yet to enter into the mainstream space discussion.

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