Innovative Earth Observation Missions

OHB Competition

OHB AG, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support one SGAC member to attend this year’s 15th Annual Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem, Israel. 

Earth observation using novel and sophisticated remote sensing instruments on Earth observation spacecraft has become one of the most important means for many applications in the areas of infrastructure, security, environment, agriculture and many more, as well as for the improvement of our understanding of planet Earth.

This call for ideas seeks for new, advanced and disruptive ideas for missions, systems, concepts, and applications for Earth observation from space. These may include new approaches for commercial as well as institutional applications in this domain but are not limited to these.

The winner of the competition will present their idea at this year’s SGC and will have their paper published on the SGAC and/or OHB website.


The Award

The main author of the winning paper will be awarded a travel allowance of up to USD 2400 to attend the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2015 and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. The award will include provisions for travel, accommodation, and registration for SGC and IAC. Dates are:

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The Rules

  1. The paper topic should address new, advanced, and disruptive ideas for missions, systems, concepts, and applications for Earth observation from space. These may include new approaches for commercial as well as institutional applications in this domain but are not limited to these.
  1. The language of all submissions must be English.
  1. The papers should conform to all the rules for submission to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc …), and not exceed ten pages in length. A template can be downloaded here.
  2. All submission emails should identify one (1) point of contact (PoC) with full contact information (name, affiliation (if applicable), address, email, and phone number). This point of contact should be the main author of the paper. Furthermore, names and dates of birth of all team members must be supplied.
  3. There can be up to a maximum of three (3) people per entry, including the PoC. All team members must be under thirty-five (35) years of age by October 16th, 2015. Only one of the co-authors of the paper will receive the funding for the award, regardless of how many people collaborated on the paper. Shall the other authors want to participate in the SGC and/or IAC, they will be required to submit their application in the same way as any SGC delegate with no acceptance to either of the events guaranteed.
  1. The paper must include original content and ideas.
  2. The final submissions are due as unlocked PDF documents (under 5 MB). They shall be submitted via the SGAC competitions submission page (must be logged in to access).
  3. All submissions must be made by July 15th, 2015 by 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the due date will not be considered.
  1. By submitting an entry, contestants agree to permit SGAC and the partner organisation to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the competition.
  2. SGC and the OHB AG shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the SGC, in that case the award offer shall become void.
  3. SGC and the OHB AG shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.

For the complete rules, please see the Terms and Conditions.

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The Schedule

Entries accepted: Now!
Paper Submission Deadline: 1st July 2015 (23:59 GMT) EXTENDED: 15th July 2015
Winners announced: 1st August 2015 (tentatively)
Space Generation Congress: 8th - 10th September 2015, Jerusalem, Israel
International Astronautical Congress: 12th - 16th October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

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How to Apply

Upload your paper, including information on all team members, by the deadline to the SGAC competitions submission page (must be logged in to access).

When submitting, please make sure to:

  • Register or log in as an SGAC member (the submission link will redirect you),
  • Register or log in to the competitions submission system (“Younoodle”, the submission link will redirect you). This will allow you to fill in part of your application at one point in time and finish it later.
  • As “Entry Name”, provide the title of your paper. As “Point of Contact Name”, provide your own name.

For any questions, please refer to the SGC competitions and scholarships manager, Michal Kunes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About OHB

Based in Bremen, OHB AG is a European aerospace and technology company.

Their two business units offer international customers sophisticated solutions and systems. With 30 years of experience in high technology, together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European aerospace and aeronautics industry.

OHB offer solutions addressing the entire value chain for satellite development, construction and operation, data transmission and processing and the development and construction of scientific payloads and aerospace/aviation structures. Their goal is to harness existing growth potential in the German and European telematics, aerospace and security programmes and to extend and consolidate their leadership in the European micro-satellite segment on a sustained basis.

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