October 31- November 1, Xi’an, China
APSCO Microsatellite Contest was held by Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), organized by APSCO-NPU Development Base for Aerospace Talent and School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), co-organized by the "Belt and Road" Aerospace Innovation Alliance (BRAIA), and supported by National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Micro-Satellite Technology and Application. Since the contest was launched by APSCO in July this year, participants have worked on a detailed design plan for their own inventions. In total, 34 teams registered and submitted their proposals. After first round of evaluation, 24 teams stood out and entered in the final competition to present their ideas on October 31 and November 1, 2019 in Xi’an, China.
The opening ceremony of the final contest was held on Oct 31, 2019 in International Conference Hall of NPU, and was addressed by invited VIPs including Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary General of APSCO and Dr. Zhang Hailan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, NPU. Dr. Li Xinjun expressed that: “Talent training is a very important core of capacity building in developing countries. APSCO has always attached great importance to the cultivation of aerospace innovative talents and carried out a series of effective activities. The contest aims at stimulating university students to explore aerospace technology and providing opportunities for them to learn and practice the aerospace knowledge.” A short presentation introducing capacity-building activities of APSCO was also presented by Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General of Department of Education and Training of APSCO.
More than 100 students participating in this competition came from all Member States of APSCO and Members of BRAIA. Among them, team “Flying 4S” from National University of Defense Technology won the first prize of the contest for their work' 'interconnection cube' — The 4s IoT payload on cubesat. The team designed a satellite payload mounted on CubeSat, which is mainly used for data collection and distributed system control, acquisition of search and rescue information and construction of space-based Internet of Things using CubeSat platform.
Young generation is the future of science, innovation and the world. This contest provides a platform to stimulate the interest and enthusiasm in space science and technology of the new generation, and create a platform for cultural exchange and idea collision.
The contest is bound to help enhance the youth's innovative spirit, imagination and expressive force, to stimulate the passion and dreams of youth to explore the universe, so as to further promote the exchange and cooperation among universities’ students, especially for youth from APSCO Member States.
The following list is the winner for APSCO Microsatellite Contest:
Team “Flying 4S” from China
Team “Sunny” from Russia
Team “Start MUT” from Thailand
Team “Alpha Raise” from China
Team “ISTIAN” from Pakistan
Team “LINKU” from Peru