The UK Space Agency Wants Your Ideas

The UK Space Agency Wants Your Ideas

Interested in a share of £50,000? SatelLife Challenge, spearheaded by the UK Space Agency, is looking for the innovative satellite ideas from the UK’s young engineers and scientists.

The goal of the competition is to improve life on Earth by exploring compelling new ideas for satellites.

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This year the best overall proposal and team will each win £7,500. With seven runners-up receiving £5,000. The competition is open to anyone between the age of 11 and 22.

Led by the UK Space Agency, the competition features judges from the European Space Agency (ESA), the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell and the other agencies and companies working in the satellite sector.

Past Winners

2018 will be the second year the competition has run. Last year winners received support to build working prototypes of their designs, visited a satellite factory and gained business development advice form a mix of experts.
In 2017 James Pearson, 14, clinched the overall prize for his application to use satellite data to analyse coastal flood risks better.

The UK Space Industry

The UK builds 40% of small satellites globally and over 25% of the worlds communication satellites making it one of the UK’s most valuable industries.
In 2017, the sector was able to support over 40,000 jobs and pulled in over £14 billion worth of orders.

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