IAC Student Paper Competition

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 UK competition winners (see below) have not yet been able to present their work in the International Astronautical Congress student competition. This will happen at IAC2021. As a result, there will be no UK IAC2021 student competition. Please check back in in 2022!


Every year the IAC Student Paper Competition presents two prizes for best papers/presentations in two categories, undergraduate and postgraduate. The competition was officially announced at the UKSEDS National Student Space Conference on 7th – 8th March 2020 at the University of Birmingham.  In 2020, the competition’s cash prize was match funded by the IET.

James McKevitt of Loughborough University won the Undergraduate competition with his paper ASTrAEUS: AERIAL-AQUATIC TITAN MISSION PROFILE

Alexander Schwertheim won the Postgraduate prize with his paper, The Water ElecTrolysis Hall Effect Thruster (WET-HET): Unlocking Chemical-Electrical Hybrid Propulsion with Water.

Each winner received £1,000, and joined the Council of the Society for a celebration following the IAC Cyber Edition.