Call for Abstracts
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) invites the public to submit to the “Call for Abstracts” for the upcoming SpaceVision 2014 Conference to be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 30th through November 2nd. This document is duplicated in .pdf form (suitable for email and print distribution) here.
University and non-traditional students (i.e. Thiel Fellows) are encouraged to participate.
To provide students the opportunity to present research, be it a stand-alone academic project, solving a specific engineering problem, or a briefing on a topic of concern/interest to the Space Industry. Abstract submissions are limited to 2250 characters and should include a brief description of the problem being addressed, as well as methods being employed to solve the problem, and if possible, preliminary results. Submissions will be judged by industry professionals and academics on the basis of relevance, demonstrated grasp of the research area, and fit with existing conference programming. Please send abstracts to email@example.com, with the word "Abstract" and the category in the subject header.
- Satellite and Satellite Technology
- Astronomy, Space and Earth Science
- Robotics and Rovers
- Propulsion and Launch Vehicles
- May 30: Submissions Open
- October 1st: Submissions Close
- October 6th: Decisions Released
Satellite and Satellite Technology Poster Session
Sponsored by the Society for Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
The Satellite and Satellite Technology Poster session is an opportunity for students to present topics of interest to the Satellite Industry regarding advances in technology and/or business cases which can serve to advance the state of the industry. All topics welcome. Suggested topics include:
- Satellites Save Lives: Satellite applications make vital contributions to human welfare: peace and security, healthcare, education, environment, food supplies, public safety, disaster relief, etc. Identify a satellite application that helps save and improve human life and analyze the impact it provides.
- The Rise of the Nanosats: Very small satellites, once confined to educational experimentation, are now considered commercially viable for delivering specific applications and services. Track recent developments in nanosats and microsats, identify the developments that are making them viable, and illustrate a commercial or emerging system that is delivering results.
- Improving Access to Space: Today’s commercial satellite industry, with its reliance on large and expensive spacecraft, has been shaped by the high cost and risk of access to orbit. Multiple developments over the past several years are creating the potential to reduce both cost and risk substantially. Identify the three most promising developments in launch and analyze their likely impact on the satellite business over the next decade.
The posters will be judged by a team of industry professionals, and awards in the category of ‘Best Poster’ will be made in the amount of $750.00 for first place, $500.00 for 2nd, and $250.00 for 3rd. The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) promotes the growth of the satellite industry by educating current and potential end-users and the general public about the indispensable contributions of satellites to business, government and human welfare, and by connecting satellite professionals worldwide through education, knowledge-sharing and fostering professional relationships. For more information about SSPI, visit www.sspi.org.
Astronomy, Space and Earth Science
Sponsored by the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Astronomy, Space, and Earth Science Poster Session will feature posters of original research in the areas of Astronomy, Space, and Earth Science. The posters will be judged and awards in the category of ‘Best Poster’ will be made in the amount of $1000.00 for first place.
The faculty, research staff, and students of the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy study the fundamental interactions of matter and energy on every scale, from the Planck length of strings to atomic nuclei to super clusters of galaxies. The Department facilities include underground nuclear laboratories, telescopes on five continents, and nano-manipulators capable of moving and stretching single molecules. The Department’s work is aimed at solving problems both practical and abstract. More information can be found on physics.unc.edu.
Rovers and Robotics Poster Session
Sponsored by the UNC Department of Computer Science
The Rovers & Robotics Poster Session will feature posters of original research in the areas of Rovers & Robotics. The posters will be judged and awards in the category of ‘Best Poster’ will be made in the amount of $1000.00 for first place.
The Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill was one of the first in the United States to be established as an independent computer science department. It was founded in 1964 by Dr. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Many of his founding philosophies still guide us. He strongly believed in creating an atmosphere of cooperation, in which students are seen as colleagues to faculty members. The department's primary missions are research and graduate and undergraduate teaching. More information can be found on cs.unc.edu.
Propulsion and Launch Vehicles Poster Session
The Propulsion and Launch Vehicles Poster Session will feature posters of research and student projects in areas liquid rocketry, hybrid rocketry, rocket design, and launch vehicles.
Asteroids Poster Session
The Asteroids Poster Session will feature posters of original research in areas such as Asteroid-redirect proposals, Asteroid Zoo data analysis, asteroid mining business case analysis, and Earth defense.
Additional Information - Papers
General Programming Sessions are created by the conference team, however there are several opportunities for students to present original research and/or innovative ideas on the aforementioned topics. Based on the quality and applicability of the abstract, submitters may be invited to present as an individual or part of a panel.
Additional Information - Posters
Judges will select the top poster in each category based on relevance, robustness of results, and the presenter's facility with the topic. Top posters will be recognized at the SpaceVision Banquet on Saturday night. Poster presenters, once accepted are expected to bring their poster ready to present. Additional resources, such as poster printing for a nominal fee, may be available upon request.
Additional Information - SpaceVision
SpaceVision, the National conference of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA (SEDS-USA), explores the space community and industry and promotes student involvement with space exploration and development. More information about SpaceVision can be found on spacevision.seds.org.