IAF Student Competition


2016 Student Competition recipients.

2016 Student Competition recipients

At the IAC E2 Symposium, the Student Conference, undergraduate and graduate students (no more than 28 years of age) present papers on any project in space sciences, industry or technology.

While Student Conference sessions E2.1 and E2.2 address students presenting papers that represent the specific work of no more than two students, the Student Team Competition (E2.3) addresses undergraduate and graduate level student teams papers which represent the work of three or more students.

All students presenting papers in the sessions E2.1 and E2.2 will compete in the student competition; students presenting in session E2.3 compete for the Hans von Muldau Team Award.

The guidelines for the student competition will be distributed from the session chairs to the authors after abstract acceptance.

The awards for the winners of the international student competition are sponsored by

  • Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France (3AF)
  • British Interplanetary Society (BIS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt – Lilienthal-Oberth e.
    V. (DGLR)
  • Internationaler Förderkreis für Raumfahrt (IFR)

2018 International Student Winners

Undergraduate Category

Hermann Oberth Gold – IFR: Shaun Andrews, University of Bristol, ‘Modelling and Characterisation of Plasmadynamic Drag on Gridded Ion Engine Propelled Spacecraft in Very Low Earth Orbit’


Graduate Category

AAAF Gold – Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France: Marcello Sciarra, Politecnico di Milano
‘Impact probability computation for NEO resonant returns through a polynomial representation of the Line of Variations’

AAAF Silver – Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France: Jürgen Lüdemann, Stellenbosch University, ‘Sub-pixel image registration on an embedded satellite platform’

Hermann Oberth Silver – IFR: David Jimenez-Lluva, TU Delft, ‘Hybrid Optimization of Low-Thrust Many Revolutions Trajectories with Coasting Arcs and Longitude Targeting for Propellant Minimization’

British Interplanetary Society Prize for best technical paper: Gabriël Roux, Stellenbosch University, ‘A Novel High-Performance Nanosatellite Attitude and Rate Sensor’

Hans von Muldau Team Award for the Best Team Project: Project Zephyrus: An autonomous and economical high altitude testing system, Hunter Hall (Representative), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

French, German, US, British and Canadian students submitting abstracts for the sessions E2.1 and E2.2 should apply via the national coordinators:

  • for France: Benedicte Escudier, benedicte.escudier@isae.fr
  • for Germany: Marco Schmidt, marco.schmidt@hs-bochum.de
  • for USAFelicia Livingston, felicial@aiaa.org
  • for Great Britain: Chris Welch, chris.welch@isunet.edu
  • for CanadaMarco Schmidt, marco.schmidt@hs-bochum.de