The Student Aerospace Challenge, initiated by Dassault Aviation in 2006, is a competition for higher education students on the topic of manned suborbital vehicles.
Several work packages covering numerous aspects of this type of vehicle (flight qualities, interior layout, legal aspects, medicine, etc.) are offered to students.
This year, 15 teams made it to the finals. The Challenge has now become a Europe-level event. Beside French students, there were participants from Great Britain, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Poland, and more.
All the teams presented their work at the 12th Suborbital Day organized on June 6, 2019 at Le Bourget Air and Space Museum. The five best projects received awards from the European Space Agency, the European Astronaut Club, ArianeGroup, Dassault Aviation, and the Air and Space Museum.
The Dassault Aviation award was presented by Marc Valès (VP Space Programs) to the ASAIA team from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, in the presence of the French ESA astronaut, Léopold Eyharts. This team studied a form of manned suborbital vehicle that aimed to reduce fuel consumption.