Move An Asteroid 2015

International Student and Young Professional Technical Paper Competition

 

THE DANGER


Never has there been a better time to study Near-Earth Objects (NEO's). Astronomers worldwide are on constant look out for undiscovered asteroids and comets. New tools have allowed the discovery of a great number of such objects in the past two decades. While large-asteroid events capable of causing species extinction on Earth are rare, experts are increasingly concerned about their likelihood. Far more common objects between 10 and 100 meters large, such as those responsible for the recent Tunguska and Chelyabinsk events, can cause significant damage and loss of life, making detection and preparedness efforts all the more pressing. In addition, worldwide interest in missions to NEOs for human and/or robotic exploration and for resource utilization is growing.

 

THE CHALLENGE 


The competition challenges students and young professionals worldwide to come up with original ideas relating to Near Earth Objects (NEOs).
 
We invite technical paper submissions addressing one or more of the topics below. 
  • Safe deflection of an Earth-bound NEO
  • NEO study, characterisation and detection
  • Global NEO impact warning system
  • NEO resource utilisation
  • Proposals and concepts for NEO missions aiming at planetary defence, exploration, and/or resource utilisation
  • NEO impact consequences
  • NEO education programs and strategies
The scope of the subject matter is broadly defined. Prospective entrants in doubt about the suitability of their intended topic should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.
 
 
THE PRIZE

The author of the winning submission will receive a funded trip to Jerusalem, Israel, to present their paper at one or two major international conferences:

The award includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, and conference registration fees (subject to conditions). 

 

THE RULES

Each entrant will submit a technical paper of up to ten (10) pages long, describing their design. The responses should meet the following requirements:
  1. The language of all submissions must be English
  2. Submissions should include original content and research.
  3. Submissions should conform to all the rules for submission to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc.), but not exceed ten pages in length. (http://www.iafastro.net).
  4. Entrants should describe in technical detail an idea that could lead to an improvement or innovation in any of the topic areas.  Entrants should consider the use of current or realistic near-future technologies in their design.
  5. Entrants are not required to use specific asteroids and thus may make assumptions about likely asteroid compositions, densities and trajectories.
  6. Submissions should show originality, practicality, and familiarity with the technical literature and provide a clear written description of the concept.
  7. Submissions should be technical in content. Entrants should attempt to understand the scientific, engineering, and social challenges involved.  Submissions on planetary defense should also recognize that most threats likely to occur within the next 100 years are from small NEOs.
  8. Submissions are due as unlocked PDF documents (under 5 MB). They shall be submitted via the SGAC competitions submission page (must be logged in as SGAC member to access. In case of problems, please email the submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  9. Submissions are due by July 31st by 23:59 GMT. Any submissions past this time will not be considered.
  10. Entrants are required to submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a short letter expressing their intent to participate in the competition by June 15th, 2015, 23:59 GMT.
  11. Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an abstract introducing their paper idea to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at an early stage of their process.  This abstract will be used to determine the whether the proposed submission may be considered for the final award.  If no abstract is submitted, the suitability of the paper for consideration will be decided upon receipt of the final submission.
  12. If submitted by email, submission emails should identify one (1) point of contact (POC) with full contact information (name, affiliation if applicable, address, email, and phone number), and supervisor contact information including email. The point of contact should be the main author of the paper. 
  13. A maximum of three (3) people, including the point of contact, may collaborate on a submission. All team members must be under thirty-five (35) years of age by October 16th, 2015, (date of the end of IAC). Only one of the authors of the paper will receive the funding for the award, regardless of how many people collaborated on the paper. Shall the other authors want to participate to the SGAC and/or IAC, they will be required to submit their application in the same way than any SGAC delegate, note that no spot can be guaranteed.
  14. Winning entrants agree to allow SGAC and partner organizations to share their names, affiliations, headshot and other photos in connection with communications about the competition. Winners will be identified as members of SGAC.
  15. SGC shall not be responsible if the award winner fails to attend the SGC and/or IAC; in such a case, the award offer shall become void. 
  16. SGC shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents to attend the SGC and IAC; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.
  17. The executive video to be prepared by the winning entry shall last between 3 and 5 minutes. It shall be delivered by a method to be discussed with the winner in an AVI format and in full HD resolution.

What are you waiting for? Start defending the Earth today!

 

SPONSORS


SGAC would like to thank A.C. Charania for his support to run the 8th Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competiton
  

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING?

Want to ensure that young people today are excited and knowledgeable about NEOs and planetary defense efforts? Then take advantage of remaining opportunities to support this event by contacting the MAA 2015 coordinator (below)!

Previous winners have been featured in coverage by U.S. National Public Radio (NPR), Space News, the LA Times, and other major media outlets! 

 

PREVIOUS ENTRIES


To give you some idea of what we are looking for, below are the winning entries from previous Move An Asteroid competitions: 

2014: Rumpf, C. "Global Asteroid Risk Analysis", Download (3.3 MB PDF)

2013: Vetrisano, M. "Online Measurement of Very Low-Thrust Deflection Actions", Download (1.1MB PDF)

2012: Paek, S. W. "A Multi-Functional Paintball Cloud for Asteroid Deflection", Download (303KB PDF)

2011: Gibbings, A. "A Smart Cloud Approach to Asteroid Deflection", Download (399KB PDF) 

2010: Corbin, B. "Implementing Advanced Technologies and Models to Reduce Uncertainty in a Global, Cost-Effective Asteroid Mitigation System", Download (614kKB PDF)

2009: Merikallio, S. "Moving an Asteroid with Electric Solar Wind Sail"Download (458KB PDF)

2008: D'Souza, M., "A Body Solar Sail Concept for the Deflection of 99942 Apophis", Download (233kb PDF)

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