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16th edition of the Student Aerospace Challenge

On June 23, 2022, the 16th exercise of the Student Aerospace Challenge ended with the Suborbital Day held at the Air and Space Museum, after two years of interruption due to the pandemic.

On June 23, 2022, the 16th exercise of the Student Aerospace Challenge ended with the Suborbital Day held at the Air and Space Museum, after two years of interruption due to the pandemic. This event, which brought together the 14 teams that participated from start to finish in this competition on the theme of manned suborbital vehicles, allowed students to present their projects and partner companies to reward the teams that submitted the best work.

This year, the Dassault Aviation prize was awarded by the Space Program Director, Marc Valès, to the Bulgarian team Space Doctors, made up of students from the Varna Medical University and the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, also in Varna. These students have imagined a complete system of robotic medical assistance considered very daring and innovative by the European Space Agency’s medical experts. This study was carried out in the framework of the Medicine work package, one of the 13 themes proposed for this exercise.


The Student Aerospace Challenge is organized and supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Astronaut Club (ACE), ArianeGroup, Dassault Aviation and the Air and Space Museum (MAE). Since 2016, with the reinforced support of Esa, this student competition has become Europeanized. This year, students from British, Bulgarian, French, Italian and Dutch schools or universities participated in the Challenge in a context that has become very promising with the realization of the first commercial manned suborbital flights.


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