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The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.



12 May 2017

SGAC is proud to announce the winners of the SGAC-Space Tech Expo USA Competition:

We thank Space Tech Expo USA for their support to bring young professionals to the event.

One of the hallmarks of the SGAC is to foster professional development for its members by offering scholarships to space conferences throughout the world. SGAC partnered with Space Tech Expo USA to give two conference passes to two young professionals through a merit-based video competition. Space Tech Expo USA, now in its 6th year, is being held Pasadena, California from May 23rd to May 25th, 2017. This conference gives a chance for American-based engineering, space, and defense focused companies to show off their work to thousands of attendees. These attendees are industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military and commercial space. Two of these attendees are the following SGAC members who won the two conference passes.

Meet them below!


Kartik Kumar (The Netherlands)

Kartik Kumar is Co-founder and CEO of satsearch.co: a curated search engine for the space industry.  The satsearch platform aims to index all the space products and services in the space industry, in support of systems engineering, procurement and business development. The idea for satsearch came out of Startup Weekend Space 2015 in Bremen, Germany where the team won 2nd prize. Subsequently, they won the 2016 ISU Startup Pitch Competition in Haifa, Israel and a Startup Voucher from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Kartik graduated with a BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands, where he is currently finalizing his PhD. He is founder of the TU Delft Astrodynamics Toolbox (Tudat; tudat.tudelft.nl): an open-source library for astrodynamics simulations. Kartik is involved in a number of space organizations including SGAC and the Austrian Space Forum as Analog Astronaut. He co-organized SpaceUp NL in 2014 and 2015, and is passionate about democratizing access to space.

Here is Kartik's reaction: 

“I am very grateful for being awarded this scholarship, as it means that I will have the unique privilege and opportunity to engage with a wide array of space professionals and get their thoughts about growing satsearch further.”


Justin Park (United States)

Mr. Park has worked at or for the following organizations: the International Space University, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, UBS, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH-Z), NASA Ames, NASA Headquarters, Accenture, J.P. Morgan Chase, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa Community College, Rives Audio, Zero G Software, State Farm Insurance, Electronic Arts, the Telegraph Herald, and the Space Generation Advisory Council. Park is a published science fiction writer (Pushing the Envelope ©2006) and is the President of Intergalactic Education, a STEM-focused EdTech company that uses gamification to get students interested in space technology. He recently spoke at TEDxSuffolkUniversity in April 2017 on the emerging space economy and has published papers for the International Astronautical Congress and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Here is Justin's reaction:

“This scholarship allows me to network with companies I hope to represent in the product my company has built: Space World. Space World isn’t just a STEM game but an advertising platform for space companies.”


About Space Tech Expo USA

Space Tech Expo USA returns to Pasadena May 23-25, 2017 with an insight-packed three-day agenda that will help commercial, military, government and academic organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in an increasingly complex landscape.


Through keynotes, panels and audience-interactive discussion sessions, the conference will examine questions and issues including:

  • Implementing ‘Space Enterprise Vision’ – adapting to a new era in Air Force space requirements

  • New space and old space – how will incumbents and start-ups work together co-operating instead of competing?

  • Commercial, government and military collaboration in future space

  • Space funding and new space finance

  • How do you accelerate from being a start up to a real market player?

  • Improving US commercial space competitiveness – increasing space exports

  • Small launch vehicles – addressing the bottleneck of getting into space

  • Space traffic management/ space situational awareness – managing congested space and assuring safety

  • Scaling operations and manufacturing capabilities to support growth of mega constellations


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