Winners of the third SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition Announced

2 May, 2013

SGAC and IAASS is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition.




Winners of the third SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition Announced

2 May, 2013

This year, as a consecutive third year, several technical papers were submitted from SGAC members around the world in response to the announcement of the SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition. The SGAC/IAASS reviewer committee had a difficult job for the final selection of the three winners, which was based on the following criteria: technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to the conference topics.

SGAC and IAASS is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Paper Competition. Mr. Ali Nasseri (Iran), Mr. Frederik James Cook (Canada) and Ms. Emmanuelle David (France) who will present their technical papers at the 6th International IAASS Space Safety Conference „Safety is not an option“ in Montreal, Canada (21-23 May, 2013). More information on the conference is available here and the papers will be available after the conference.

The competition asked members of the Space Generation Advisory Council to submit a paper on a topic related to any aspect of conference topics, including space system safety, space debris, range safety and commercial orbital/sub-orbital spaceflight safety among others. The IAASS scholarship includes free registration at the conference, gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation for each of the winners, as indicated below.

For the titles of the winners' papers, winners' biographies, and more information on IAASS please see below.

Winners' Paper Titles:

1. Emmanuelle David

Title: Re-Entry Analysis Comparison with Different Solar Activity Models of Spent Upper Stage Using ESA’s Drama Tool

2. Ali Nasseri

Title: Active Debris Removal Mission Using Modified Launch Vehicle Upper Stages

3. Frederick Cook

Title: Modeling of Crack Propagation in Spacecraft Reinforced Pressure Wall Damaged by Orbital Debris


About Emmanuelle (France)

Emmanuelle David is research engineer at the Department of Space Launcher System Analysis at the DLR (German Aerospace Centre). She is also a PhD student at the University of Braunschweig, studying the End-of-Life of Rocket Upper Stages. She is also an active member of SGAC, supporting the working groups as Project Co-Coordinator and as a member of the Space Safety and Sustainability working group. In 2011, Emmanuelle served as a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency Office in Washington DC. During her stay in the United States, she conducted a study on the commercialization of space transportation for cargo and crew in the US. She holds Space Engineering degrees both from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France, and the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.


About Ali (Iran)

Born and raised in Iran, Ali began his studies in aerospace engineering in 2006 at K.N. Toosi University of Technology in Iran. His research activities focused on the modelling and optimisation of aerospace systems with special focus on space launch applications. In 2010, Ali moved to the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies to pursue graduate studies with the Combustion and Propulsion Group. In 2011, he was sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency to attend the “CubeSat Summer School” at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Joining SGAC in 2011, Ali has been involved with the Space Safety and Sustainability group focusing on active space debris removal systems. Recently, he won a 2012 SGAC Young Leadership Award which helped him attend SGC and IAC 2012. In his free time, Ali enjoys reading, swimming and cooking. He is also actively involved in teaching activities at his institution.


About Frederik (Canada)

Frederick James Cook grew up on a grain farm on the outskirts of the village of Binscarth, Manitoba, where he participated in the everyday activities of farm life. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010, Frederick decided to further his education in the Master of Science program in the area of Applied Mechanics. He has completed the MSc course work with a GPA of 4.0. Mr. Cook conducts research under the supervision of Prof. Igor Telichev in the field of modeling and failure control of spacecraft pressurized structures subject to orbital debris impact. Frederick presented his research at the 2011 Canadian Space Summit, 2012 International Congress of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) and was awarded by the first prize at the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students poster competition held at the University of Manitoba.


About the Prize / Scholarship:

There will be three (3) scholarships awarded to the best technical submissions to attend the 6th International IAASS Space Safety Conference "Safety is not an Option" that will be held from 21 - 23rd May, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Each of the scholarships will include free registration at the conference and gala dinner, travel expenses and accommodation (up to $1500 – justified expenses). The paper selection criteria are technical merit, accuracy, quality and relevance to conference topics. Papers have to be the result of authors’ research and shall not have already been presented or published at any other conference/proceedings. The award / scholarship will be given after conference attendance based on justified expenses (i.e.: receipts) and cost economizing travel choices. of the competition (i.e.: Dr. M. Trujillo and C. Felix).

Winners will be selected to present their work in an oral presentation or poster at the conference. After the conference, winners will be requested to write a small article for SGAC and IAASS newsletters about their experience.

About IAASS:

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. IAASS is committed, through the knowledge and dedication of its members, to internationally advance space safety.

IAASS goals are to:

1. advance the science and application of Space Safety.

2. improve the communication, dissemination of knowledge and cooperation between interested groups and individuals in this field and related fields.

3. improve understanding and awareness of the Space Safety discipline

4. promote and improve the development of Space Safety professionals and standards

5. advocate the establishment of safety laws, rules, and regulatory bodies at national and international levels for the civil use of space

The IAASS membership is open to anyone having a professional interest in space safety. The organisation strives to include students and young professionals in their technical committees on “Launch Range Safety”, “Space Exploration Safety”, “Re-entry & Space Debris”, “Space Safety Legal Regulatory Committee” and “Human Factors & Performance for Space Safety”. If you are interested in getting involved, please, contact with Dr. Maite Trujillo – IAASS Young Professional Chair ( عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.).

IAASS student membership fees are reduced, if you can demonstrate full time registration in accredited academic institution.

IAASS is also the proud sponsor of the SGAC Project Group on Space Safety and Sustainability.




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