Students are invited to submit their ideas for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) suitable for exploring Mars – the best designs will win a place at the Euroavia Design Workshop to be held at the Erasmus User Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, between 16 July and 5 August 2006.

All European aerospace students with a minimum of two years study can participate in the contest. Students are required to submit a paper (of between three to ten pages) on the topic of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Mars.

The authors of the 25 best papers will be invited to participate in the three-week design workshop at ESA’s research and technology centre (ESTEC). During the workshop they will create a preliminary design of a UAV for Mars with the assistance of specialists from the industry and other institutions. Selected participants will be hosted at no cost. Financial support for travel to/from Noordwijk is also available.
The contest winners will be selected on the basis of scientific merit, ingenuity, and the technical quality of the paper. The jury will consist of professionals from the aerospace industry, ESA and various institutions.

Contest entries must also include:

A short abstract of the essay
A 500 word maximum motivation paper
Curriculum Vitae
Copy of their student card
Personal contact details (name, address, telephone, email)
Name and address of their university.

Papers should be completed and submitted together with other relevant documents by 21 April 2006 at the latest to the following email address:

Source: ESA

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