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29th Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition
The student competition provides students with the opportunity to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. Awards are given to competition finalists presenting at the Small Satellite Conference.
Papers may be presented on relevant study and research related to:
- Small satellites, their systems and subsystems
- Mission concepts
- Related infrastructure (launch vehicles or ground systems)
Concepts (actual or proposed) may include hardware, uniquely applicable software, or mission results that serve to advance the state of the art or broaden the application of small satellites.
Participation and Eligibility
Preference will be given to full-time graduate or undergraduate students in a scientific or technical discipline at a University or Technical College.
- Students enrolled in a PhD degree program
(PhD students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration in the technical program)
- Salaried government or industry sponsored students
- Students graduating prior to January 2021
Apr 13, 2021
11:59 PM MT
Student Competition Notification
May 13, 2021
To enter the competition:
- Download the paper template and format your paper accordingly
- Save your paper as a pdf document
- Click “submit your paper” below, fill out the online form and upload your pdf before April 13 at 11:59 PM MT
- Papers may not exceed 12 single-space pages.
- Page count includes all graphs, figures, tables, references and footnotes.
- Papers exceeding 12 pages will be marked down.
- Margins must be a minimum of one inch (1") on all sides, not including headers, footnotes and page numbers.
- Papers must be double-column format and must be typed in 10-point font or larger.
- Each page should be numbered at the bottom.
- The first page must include the title of the paper, full names of all authors, name of the college or university, and the name of student's faculty advisor.
If you prefer the LaTeX version, email Marianne to request one.
Submit your paper
A panel of judges drawn from industry, academia, and government will score each paper. Papers will be scored using the first three of the four criteria listed below. The top six papers will be selected for presentation at the Conference. Following presentation, the final scores are tallied and the Student Competition results are announced at the Student Awards Ceremony.
- Technical Content and/or Scientific Merit (40%)
- Industry Relevance (15%)
- Clarity of Writing (20%)
- Presentation and Response to Questions (25%)
Student finalists will present their papers in a Zoom call with the competition technical chair between June 8 and June 15.
All authors identified in the technical paper must participate in the presentation recording—plan accordingly.
Students will be given a maximum of 12 minutes to present their paper, followed by 3 minutes for pre-prepared questions from the judges. Presentations exceeding 12 minutes will be marked down.
- Participants may not author or co-author more than one paper.
- Papers are limited to three authors.
- All persons identified as authors must participate in the video presentation—plan accordingly.
- Students are required to register for the Conference.
- Technical questions and/or judging issues or concerns should be communicated with the Technical Chair, Stanley Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Contact with judges directly, either before or after the competition is prohibited and may result in disqualification.
Authors failing to comply any of these rules may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Technical Chair.