- In order to inspire young professionals and university students’ imagination and spirit of innovation and to achieve greater economic benefits from future space commercial activities for mankind, Chinese Society of Astronautics and the American Heinlein Prize Trust cosponsor “Flying into the Future---- Space Exploration Innovation Contest in Asia” from August 2008 to July 2010. Your participation will be much appreciated.
- 1. Main Purposes
- a. To discover unique ideas in the field of commercial space activities;
- b. To encourage enthusiasm and spirit in young specialists and students to pursue studies in science and aerospace, and to spur young minds to dare to explore and make innovations in space field;
- c. To recognize talented individuals and help them develop innovative ideas for the benefit of humankind;
- d. To provide young people with opportunities of meeting, communication and learning from each other;
- e. To commemorate Mr. Heinlein, the late American fiction writer.
- 2. Time period of the contest
- From August 2008 to July 2010
- 3. Participants
- The contest is open to university students, post-graduate students, young specialists and space science amateurs who were born after July 1, 1978 in the Asian countries. The contest accepts works from individual participants as well as from teams which should be comprised of no more than 5 members.
- 4. Content of the contest works
- Contest works should display potential in space exploration and peaceful use of space resources and can bring about significant economic benefits after being realized.
- 5. Requirements of contest works:
- Contest works submitted must have specific themes, be practical technically and with reasonable commercial plans, and could bring about significant economic benefits after realization;
- New concepts and new ideas in space exploration and peaceful use of space resources are encouraged;
- Contest works could be in the forms of inventive design, research report and reform plan, etc., which includes structure models, technical drawings, concept descriptions, three dimensional animations and etc.;
- Participants are responsible for the contents of their own works without referring to technical confidentiality which includes confidential information, restricted data and trade secrets;
- Participants have to fill in the Application Form. If contest works is a team production, authors should be listed orderly according to their contribution to the works;
- Contest works must be submitted in English and printed on A4 paper. Contest works of text version and CD version should be mailed together with the Application Form to Chinese Society of Astronautics and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org the same time;
- Participants should submit an abstract of their contest works within 300-500 words. Besides, participants should specify new and innovative ideas of their work with a brief description in the abstract;
- Chinese participants should also submit contest works in Chinese version;
- 6. The copyrights of contest works belong to the authors.
- 7. Call for contest works:
- Contest works will be called on websites, or collected by the member(s) of organizing committee composed of people from different countries in Asia.
- 8. Deadline of the submission: January 31, 2010. (These must be post marked on or before January 31, 2010)
- 9. Evaluation criteria:
- Novelty and originality;
- Technical feasibility and in-depth research;
- Anticipated economic and social benefits;
- Commercial value and investment appealing.
Works submitted will be evaluated for novelty and originality, in-depth research and technical feasibility. Thus, not only is technical content important, but also are business potential, investment appealing, and fluent expression in English, presentation skill and team cooperation.
- 10. Evaluation of contest works:
The evaluation will be done by evaluation committee comprised of both technical experts in space or related fields as well as economic evaluation expert(s) from different countries in Asia.
- Preliminary evaluation is conducted through correspondence. All evaluators mark contest works according to evaluation standards. 20 works will be selected as the final entries.
- Final evaluation is conducted through audio-visual presentations and oral defense.
Sponsors of the contest are responsible for one author's defense cost (including round-trip tickets and accommodation).
- 11. Prizes:
The following prizes will be set up:
- Total 7 prizes (29 awards)
- 1st Prize: 1 4000USD
- 2nd Prize: 2 2000USD for each
- 3rd Prize: 3 1000USD for each
- Excellent Prize: 6 500USD for each
- Memorable prize: 8 200USD for each
- The Heinlein Prize for Creative Innovation: 1 1000USD
- Organizing prize: 8 500USD for each
The Heinlein Prize for Creative Innovation is specially to reward those works with original, boundless thoughts which might not be realized with current technologies but have theoretical basis and huge prospective economic benefits. This prize is in honor of Mr. Heinlein and his creative enthusiasm and spirit.
- 12. Time of awarding:
- Awarding ceremony will be held in July 2010. Winners will be awarded with diplomas and cash prizes.
- 13. Chinese Society of Astronautics reserves the final right of interpretation of the terms and conditions of the contest.
- 14. Correspondence address:
- Chinese Society of Astronautics
- No. 8, Fucheng Road, Haidian District, Beijing
- P.O. Box 838, Beijing, China Post code: 100830
- Phone: 0086 10 68768622、68193013
- Fax: 0086 10 68768624
- Contact Persons: Zhong Ling Wang Yadong
For further information about the contest, please refer to websites of CSA and The Trust.
March 30, 2009