The Competition is now in its third cycle. First announced at the NSS-sponsored International Space Development Conference held in May 2013 in San Diego CA, the initial round was brought to a successful close at ISDC-Los Angeles in May 2014, with six teams honored. Three of the designs submitted were awarded cash prizes, with Rajiv Gandhi University earning $10,000 as the first place winner. Each of the top three concepts are now published in the Online Journal of Space Communication
The second round of the Competition saw similar success. With ten registered teams in final consideration and three cash prizes to be given
, the China Academy of Space Technology took the $10,000 first place at the ISDC Conference held in Toronto in May 2015. The CAST visualization, along with those of the runner-up teams, is also published in Issue No.18
of the Space Journal.
Registration for the third cycle is now open, and team enrollments will continue to be taken until January 15, 2016. Deadline for submission of completed designs and supporting documentation is April 1, 2016. Winners will be announced and their “Creative Visualizations” will be shown and celebrated in May 2016 at ISDC-Puerto Rico.
WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER THEME AND GUIDELINES
Our 2015-2016 Competition is soliciting research and creative visualizations related to the topic of Wireless Power Transmission.
We are interested in those “practical applications” of space solar power beaming that might produce near-term solutions in energy and environment, in communications, transport, commerce, manufacturing and other significant challenges facing our planet. Such applications may address either space to earth, earth to space or space to space transmissions and exchanges, or some combination of these.
Each of these submissions should consist of a completed WPT concept of exceptional quality based on: 1) an idea of significance, 2) a clarifying Creative Visualization, 3) an understandable Technical Brief, 4) a plausible Economic Plan and 5) a good Bibliography.
Those officially registered teams producing an early draft (with Abstract, Visualization, Tech Brief and Business Plan) by Feb. 1, 2016, will be assigned an NSS or SSPI professional to give critique and constructive comment, if needed.