Competition Winners
$pace is Business 2013 The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is proud to announce the winners of the second "$pace is Business!" paper competition for students and young professionals, jointly organized by the International Astronautical Federation's Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee and SGAC. With an original and technically excellent contribution on the potential of microsatellites and microlaunchers, a team of three young space enthusiasts convinced the judges. We congratulate them on the award and are looking forward to seeing the paper presented at both SGC and IAC in September!
This year’s winners and their reactions on the award are:
Lluc Palerm Serra
Lluc Palerm (1988) has always been passionate about Aerospace: he started designing, building and flying his own models when he still was a child in his home island, Ibiza (Spain). Later, he moved to Barcelona (Spain) and graduated top 5% as an Aerospace Engineer (UPC, 2011) while working as a trainee at the CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Transferència de Calor) developing CFD codes. At this point, an interest on the startup world awakened on him and went on to study the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ESADE, 2012). After this period, he joined zero2infinity where his two passions, aerospace and entrepreneurship, match and where he undertakes activities such as studying new business opportunities or developing Space Tourism capabilities for the startup.
Lluc's reaction: "Having the opportunity of participating in the SGC2013 and the IAC2013 is great. I am really looking forward to start sharing ideas and learning from talented young visionaries and experienced professionals to foster creativity and shape the future of Space. This prize encourages us to keep our entrepreneurial spirit alive."
Jordi Barrera Ars
Jordi Barrera-Ars is an Aerospace Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He was born in 1988 in Torà (Catalonia, Spain). Awarded with the Centennial Scholarship by the Royal Aeronautical, he studied a MEng in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University (UK). Mr. Barrera-Ars is currently working in the mechanical design of future products and platforms at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in the UK. He researched in multifunctional structures for nanosatellites and propulsion systems, such as the water-alcohol resistojet propulsion de-orbit and re-entry experiment system (WARP DRivE) flown in the highly capable cubesat, STRaND-1. He has also been involved in several international organizations, such as EUROAVIA, the European Association of Aerospace Students and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space organization, SEDS.
Jord's reaction to the award "This award is a great recognition for me and encourages us, the young people, to make this world a better place to live in."
Jorge Salas Solanilla   
Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1986, Jorge Salas-Solanilla participated in an exchange program at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, before graduating top 10 from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (BSc. & MSc. Aerospace Engineering). In 2009 he joined the company zero2infinity right after its foundation. He wrote an award-winning business plan, prepared investment proposals, presented them and went through a due diligence conducted by a major venture capital firm. After that, he designed, built and tested Near-Space capsules; and launched high-altitude balloons from a Spanish Air Force base. Jorge also worked at the Barcelona's Airport Airfield Engineering Department (Aena, world's largest airport operator) and pursued further academic training in business at institutions such as IE Business School and ESADE Business School. Jorge said that "Winning this award is a boost to move on innovating in Space."

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