Sweden and United Kingdom ready for Space Contest Finals

Tuesday 26 Apr 16


Morten Garly Andersen
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DTU Space
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Pioneers category (14 to 18 years)


Rebecca Hayward and Eleanor Ivey, United Kingdom, Hockerill Anglo-European College. With project "MissionRed2030" for most artistic submission and most innovative solution.

Honoured projects

1: Tom Knighton and Tom Ellis, United Kingdom, St. John’s School. With project "Evidence for Big Bang" honoured for most ambitious project.

2: Mike Edwards, Jos Jeapes and Harry Woodhouse, United Kingdom, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. With project "Managing Resources on Mars" honoured for best usage of space knowledge basics.

3: Emil Enevoldsen, Denmark, Store Magleby Skole. Carl Vistisen, Denmark, Holbergskolen. With project "Hime/Enceladus" honoured for most original and challenging problem.

Explorers category (17 to 22 years)


Daniel Nilsson, Sweden, Luleaa University. With "Project: Safer firefighting by Galileo data" for the most professional presentation and most applicable project in the near future.

Honoured projects:

1: Topias Zein, Finland, Aalto University. With project "Lunar settlement/base" for best usage of space knowledge basics.

2: Federico Giusto and James Cooper, United Kingdom, Loughborough University. With project "ARTEMIS, Martian Transfer Vehicles" for most comprehensive overview of current and future space technology.

It was a hard job for the jury to find the winners in the Odysseus II-contest semifinals held in Denmark. The pan-European competition is aimed at young and talented students interested in space science with DTU Space as the regional organizer. A British team and a Swedish student won the first prizes and their ticket to the finals.

Students aged 15 to 23 with an interest in space and science competed in the Odysseus II regional semi-finals at a four day science camp held recently at ‘Science Talents’ in Soroe near Copenhagen.

There were participants from England, Sweden, Finland and Denmark at the regional semi-final of the Odysseus-contest funded by EU Horizon 2020 that aims to increase interest in space science amongst young people in Europe. The Danish National Space Institute, DTU Space, is the regional partner and organizer of the Odysseus II contest in England and Scandinavia.

In the Pioneers category (14 to 18 years) four teams made it to the semi-final. The winners were Team MissionRed2030 from the United Kingdom consisting of students Rebecca Hayward and Eleanor Ivey, who both attend Hockerill Anglo-European College.

"This contest shows that we have a lot of space science talent in Europe"
Kristian Pedersen, director DTU Space

“We are really surprised and happy. All the groups were good so we were lucky to win”, said a smiling Eleanor Ivey.

The judges especially acknowledged that Rebecca and Eleanor made a very fine presentation and show-cased an impressive concept for traveling to Mars and eventually living there.

“Team MissionRed2030 had the most artistic submission and most innovative solution”, the jurors stated.

In the Explorers category (17 to 22 years) Daniel Nilsson from Sweden won with his project Safer Firefighting By Using Galileo Data.

“I’m happy to win, but also just to participate”, said Daniel Nilsson who is studying at Luleaa University of Technology and the University at Svalbard.

The jurors acknowledged his concept as being very innovative and stated that Daniel’s project was the “Most professional presentation and most applicable project in the near future”.

“You are the future and this contest shows that we have a lot of space science talent in Europe, I’m really impressed by your projects and presentations at the semifinals here in Denmark”, said Kristian Pedersen, director of DTU Space who presented the prizes to the winners.

Happy accompanying teachers

The teachers accompanying the younger age group felt they went back home with new knowledge of space science and technology.

“It’s been a really impressive programme, and the young people have met each other and participated regardless of differences in age and nationality. We should be doing many more international exchanges like this”, said Guy Dinwiddy, a teacher from Hockerill Anglo-European College.

Apart from the competition there were space-related activities such as drone flying, rocket-calculations and launch, a visit to nearby Brorfelde observatory and a number of speeches by scientists from DTU Space and The University of Copenhagen. Even the sky above Denmark provided input: The International Space Station, ISS, flew by on a clear April night over the lake at Soroe where the event took place. Science Talents teacher and astrophysicist at the camp, Steen  Eiler Jorgensen,  focused a telescope so the participants could also see Jupiter and a number of its impressive moons, sharp and clear.

In July the winners will go to Brussels for the finals and receive their prize – a computerized telescope. The Odysseus II contest also takes place during the coming school year (2016-2017).

Læs mere om Odysseus-konkurrencen her.

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