29 March 2006
Design an unmanned aerial vehicle for Mars
Students are invited to submit their ideas for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV) suitable for exploring Mars – the best designs will win a place at
the Euroavia Design Workshop to be held at the Erasmus User Centre in
Noordwijk, the Netherlands, between 16 July and 5 August 2006.
All European aerospace students with a minimum of two years study can
participate in the contest. Students are required to submit a paper (of
between three to ten pages) on the topic of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for
The authors of the 25 best papers will be invited to participate in the
three-week design workshop at ESA’s research and technology centre
(ESTEC). During the workshop they will create a preliminary design of a
UAV for Mars with the assistance of specialists from the industry and
other institutions. Selected participants will be hosted at no cost.
Financial support for travel to/from Noordwijk is also available.
The contest winners will be selected on the basis of scientific merit,
ingenuity, and the technical quality of the paper. The jury will consist
of professionals from the aerospace industry, ESA and various
Contest entries must also include:
- A short abstract of the essay
- A 500 word maximum motivation paper
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of their student card
- Personal contact details (name, address, telephone, email)
- Name and address of their university.
Papers should be completed and submitted together with other relevant
documents by 21 April 2006 at the latest to the following email address:
applications @ dewo06.net
Euroavia, the European Association of Aerospace Students, aims to
encourage European aerospace students to interact with the specialised
space industry, creating opportunities for both academia and industry.
This objective is achieved through organising workshops, which are hosted,
supported and sponsored by various space related industries.
The ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration
will host and support the workshop as part of its long-term strategy for
space exploration, better known as Aurora. The Aurora Programme aims to
further explore our Solar System, notably the Moon and Mars, through both
robotic and human missions and as such encourages academic and industrial
interaction in order to develop the necessary technologies for the future
development of human missions.
To achieve this, Aurora encourages younger generations to become involved
in the process of technological development through workshops and seminars
whereby they are given the opportunity to plan and develop their ideas.
The benefits are two-fold; it encourages more interest in space related
activities in the younger generation and improves design development
- Aurora Exploration Programme
- Euroavia Design Workshop 2006
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