The International Space Solar Power Student Project Competition

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The International SSP Student Project Competition is a wordlwide student research and engineering research/paper competition which focuses on new, meaningful and credible student research projects in the broad field of Space Solar Power.

The competition is organized by SPACE Canada, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Power Committee, Commission III of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC) SSP Track, and the IAF Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
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The 2022 International Space Solar Power Student Competition

*** The deadline for entry has been extended from March 31, 2022 to April 30, 2022 ***

The 2022 International Space Solar Power Student Competition is a global, undergraduate and graduate level annual event presented by SPACE Canada, in partnership with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Power Committee, National Space Society (NSS), and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), is in its sixth year. The competition will encompass multiple disciplines, but will be focused this year around a particular Solar Power Satellite concept considered as a stage one for the achievement of this technology. During 2022, the focus will be on highly-modular microwave wireless power transmission (WPT) Solar Power Satellite (SPS) concepts applicable to upper atmosphere/Low Earth Orbit demonstrator ground to device or device to ground testing and proof of concept.

 

Acceptable disciplines/fields for research projects include:
  • architecture level system design activities, cost-benefit studies, etc.;
  • end-to-end energy concepts & technology (including wireless power transmission (WPT), solar power generation, etc.);
  • structural systems, controls and dynamics technology, and modeling of these considerations;
  • flight and/or space transportation technology and engineering for the SPS (including Earth-to-orbit or in-space transportation and/or propulsion);
  • ground systems and integration
In addition, acceptable cross-cutting topics of general interest include:
  • the potential value of SPS in reaching goals to mitigate climate change issues; and,
  • near-term demonstration of relevant SPS concepts and technology;
  • mid-term demonstrations of relevant SPS concepts and technology (for example in low Earth orbit);
  • space resources utilization for SPS;
  • space policy, legal and regulatory considerations across all of the above (including international cooperation, spectrum management, space debris, etc.); and,
  • financing concepts for SPS systems and development.

 

Abstracts can be submitted through the registration button below.

 

This year of this new competition will be staged this year in three rounds:

  • Step 1: Initial proposals and selection of project teams to participate initially in the competition (circa April 30, 2022).
  • Step 2: Presentations of initial project results by the chosen semi-finalists. For those able totravel, semi-finalists projects shall be presented in person at the International NSS Space Development Conference (ISDC), to be held this year during May 27-29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. For those unable to travel due to COVID-19 or other restrictions, online presentation options will be arranged, for example using zoom.
  • Step 3: Presentations of the finalists’ project results will be at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2022) Space Power Symposium - this year to be held in September 18-22, 2022 in Paris, France - followed by selection of a winner for the year. Again, it is expected that for those able to travel, finalist projects will be presented in person at the IAC 2022; for those unable to travel due to COVID-19 or other restrictions, online presentation options will be arranged, for example using zoom.

 

The following additional details are also announced:
  1. Up to ten teams will be considered for selection as semi-finalists (Step 2 above) following which the Judges will select the finalists in this year’s competition.
  2. Support for travel to the ISDC in Washington DC will be provided for semi-finalist teams totaling up to USD $1,500 per team in expense reimbursement, with the actual amount to be determined based on the location at which the student team is based.
  3. Support for travel to the IAC 2022 will be provided for the finalist teams totaling up to $4,000 per team in expense reimbursement, with the actual amount to be determined based on the location at which the student team is based.
  4. For teams that are unable to attend events above due to COVID-19 or other restrictions, cash prizes will be awarded; these cash prizes will not exceed 50% of the travel support amount per team as shown above. Specific amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  5. IAC 2022 submitted papers and presentation slide decks from all teams will be posted on the SPACE Canada website to become part of the literature of space solar power for the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the public.

 

If you would like to receive more information about the 2022 SSP student competition, please contact us at: .

 

For full details and rules guiding the Competition, see the 2022 announcement.

 

The deadline for abstract submission of 2022 project team proposals is April 30, 2022.

 

Please confirm that you wish to participate under the terms of the competition for 2022.

 

Register for Competition

PRESS RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL SPACE SOLAR POWER STUDENT COMPETITION 2021-2022

The need to advance the goals of STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) education is especially important in encouraging the emergence of future generations of researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the space sector in general, and in particular in the special fields of expertise required for the successful exploration, development and eventual settlement of space. The critical topic of Space Solar Power (SSP) – harvesting solar energy in space affordably and delivering it to markets in space and on Earth – has been studied as a vision for Humanity’s future for almost 50 years. This topic has never been more important as Climate Change issues become increasingly clear and the need for energy in cis-Lunar space becomes critical.

If Space Solar Power – which is both critical to space development and settlement and an increasingly important option in efforts to mitigate Climate Change – is to become a reality, this must change.
SPACE Canada 1, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Power Committee, Commission III of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC) SSP Track, and the Space Generation Advisory Committee (SGAC) of the IAF in a cooperative effort have organized an annual faculty-advised, student-conducted international research and engineering research/paper competition on the topic of Space Solar Power. 2 The early years of the Competition have been highly successful – involving many dozens of project proposals and multiple university / college participants and dozens of students; leading to original research studies that were presented at the annual IAF Power Symposia of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) annually over the past several years. On the basis of these prior years, the participating organizations have decided to continue this effort with a dual track during 2022 to 2025 with a focus on development at the local student level, the social community level and the systems level.

The following are additional details concerning the 2022 Competition:


  1. This will be the first year of an annual competition open to further intensification of research and development for teams that wish to join the second track through to 2025.
  2. The purpose of the competition is to engender new, meaningful and credible student research projects in the broad field of Space Solar Power, and to support the presentation of the best of the various projects in an international forum including explicit recognition of the best research with a formal prize. Each team will then be able to learn from the experience and the community contact during each annual event to improve on and develop their ideas and research in each succeeding year.
  3. The International Space Solar Power Student Competition Prize for 2022 will have four parts: (a) reimbursed travel3 and registration support for selected semi-finalist teams to attend the annual ISDC (see below); (b) a formal certificate of recognition for selected semi-finalist teams (as a team, and for each team member, including the faculty advisor); (c) reimbursed travel and registration support for up to three selected finalist teams to attend the annual IAC SSP Symposium (see below); (d) a formal certificate and a plaque for the selected winning team(s) (the plaque for the team, and a certificate for each participant, including the faculty advisor).
  4. The competition is open to participation by faculty-coached, student-implemented project team, including a faculty advisor, not fewer than two undergraduate students and potentially one or more graduate students from any accredited international college or university. A given project team may involve more than a single university in an integrated team; however, each team from any participating college or university must include not less than two undergraduate students and one faculty advisor.
  5. The competition will involve three stages: (1) registration and proposal / abstract submission by proposing teams; (2) following selection of semi-finalists by Competition Judges, preliminary presentation of interim results at the annual NSS International Space Development Conference being held during May 27-29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia, USA (see https://isdc2022.nss.org) and (3) following selection of finalist teams, presentation (with a formal technical paper) of up to three best projects at the IAF Power Committee Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Session at the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), to be held in September 18-22, 2022 in Paris, France (https://iac2022.org).
  6. Semi-finalists in the annual competition will be chosen by an independent review process based on submitted abstracts and draft presentation materials; these will be provided with a fixed level of financial support for their attendance and presentation of interim results at the annual ISDC SSP Track. (A team participating in the ISDC must send to the Conference not less than one member of the student team and one faculty advisor; however otherwise the decision as to who should participate and how the funds should be distributed among team members to meet travel and registration costs will be flexible.) If a team cannot attend the ISDC due to COVID-19 restrictions, provisions will be made for an online presentation, for example via zoom.
  7. Finalists in the annual competition will be chosen by an independent review process based on the presentations made at the annual ISDC SSP Track, and updated draft research presentation results. In the event that no project teams are adjudged to have achieved a sufficiently high level of technical accomplishment in a given year, no award will be made during that year.
  8. The chosen winner(s) will be provided with a fixed level of financial support for their attendance and presentation of interim results at the annual IAC SPS Symposium. A formal paper is required, and must be submitted to the IAC according to the rules of the conference. Participation in the IAC must comprise not less than one student team member and one faculty advisor; however otherwise the decision as to who should participate and how the funds should be distributed among team members to meet travel and registration costs will be flexible. If a team cannot attend the ISDC due to COVID-19 restrictions, provisions will be made for an online presentation, for example via zoom.
  9. In order to be eligible, members of each competing team (as described elsewhere) must generally be available and able to attend and present at the ISDC (semi-finalist) and the IAC (finalist). However, If a team cannot attend the ISDC due to COVID-19 restrictions, provisions will be made for an online presentation, for example via zoom.
  10. Teams accepted are allowed to apply to the second track, which is a four year developmental pathway to taking the Teams concept idea forward through development to a point where it could potentially become a startup Space Solar Power business. The Teams that wish to participate will be evaluated by an Accelerator which is being set up for this purpose and will receive further and more in depth advice and assistance toward this longer term goal. The terms of the Accelerator process will be announced at the IAC Paris 2022.
  11. The first deadline for participation in the 2022 competition is development and submission of an abstract for a proposed student research project by not later than April 30, 2022.
We look forward to participation by students and faculty from accredited colleges and universities globally in this year’s competition. If you would like to indicate interest in participating and to obtain additional information, please contact us at the email address provided.

For additional information, please download the competition announcement provided here: Download PDF.
We look forward to participation by students and faculty from accredited colleges and universities globally in this year’s competition. If you would like to indicate interest in participating and to obtain additional information, please contact us at .

1

SPACE Canada is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Canada; the purpose of the organization is to promote international dialogue on and understanding of the topic of Space Solar Power.?

2

It is anticipated that with time some organizations may be added as participants in implementing the annual competition, while others may choose not to be involved; as the foundation of the competition, SPACE Canada is the principal sponsor of the effort, and the prizes. Cooperation has been established among SPACE Canada, the IAF Power Committee, the IAF Power Committee, the ISDC SSP Track organizers, the IAF SGAC. ?

3

Funding support provided by Competition will be provided in the form of reimbursement of expenses incurred by a selected and previously-approved team at each stage of the competition; it may be used for (1) airfare, (2) ground transportation, (3) lodging, and (4) meeting registration fees, up to a determined maximum based upon participation levels as well as location of participants. Funds may not be used for reimbursement of food or related expenses.?