Student Competition

27th 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.

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.

Participation and Eligibility

Preference will be given to full-time graduate or undergraduate students in a scientific or technical discipline at a University or Technical College.

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 2019
APRIL 16, 2019
11:59 PM MT
APRIL 16, 2019
11:59 PM MT

Paper Submission

To enter the competition, an electronic copy (PDF format) of the complete paper and an Author Form must be submitted by email on or before April 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM MT.

Paper Guidelines

Author Form Paper Template

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


Student finalists must present their papers in the Student Competition technical session Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

All authors identified in the technical paper must participate in the oral presentation—plan accordingly.

Students will be given a maximum of 12 minutes to present their paper, followed by 3 minutes for questions. Presentations exceeding 12 minutes will be marked down.

Participation Rules

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