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Student Competition


Feb 10, 2022

Paper Deadline

Apr 12, 2022

11:59 PM MT

Student Competition Notification

May 12, 2022

30th 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.

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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.

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Participation and Eligibility

Participation is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students (masters only) pursuing a degree in a scientific or technical discipline at an accredited college or university.

Not eligible

  • 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 2022

Paper Selection

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.

Scoring Criteria

  • 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 at the Small Satellite Conference on August 10th.

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.

Participation Rules

  • Participants may not author or co-author more than one paper.
  • Papers are limited to three authors.
  • All persons identified as authors must present at the Conference.
  • 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 at
  • Contact with judges directly, either before or after the competition is prohibited and may result in disqualification.

Authors failing to comply with any of these rules may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Technical Chair.