Star Track Tournament, a brand new event for young scientists and space enthusiasts, was held for the first time at the Noosphere Engineering School on December 2, 2017.
Participants were able to present unconventional space-oriented developments and had the chance to win a cash prize to build a prototype. Association Noosphere, founded by Max Polyakov, conducted this challenge jointly with Oles Honchar Dnipro National University. Specifically, it was aimed at raising student awareness of modern-day suborbital rockets, which are considered as the future of aerospace.
Participants were presented with three topics:
- Advanced Rocket Systems
- Free Style
The tournament, powered by Max Polyakov’s Noosphere, welcomed 28 participants, who formed 7 teams. They were judged on their pitch sessions and on the background of their projects.
In the long run, the DniproSkyLAB, UniversalRocket, CLASNARocket, RocchettaSpaceVehicle, and DH teams were announced as the winners. Both the CLASNARocket and RocchettaSpaceVehicle teams competed in the same category, which is Advanced Rocket Systems. Whereas the first team came up with the idea to use a dual-mode engine for a single-stage, meteorological research rocket, the latter proposed the use of a hybrid rocket engine instead of traditional solid-fuel one.
The DniproSkyLAB and UniversalRocket teams worked out solutions within the CanSat category. The DniproSkyLAB teammates introduced the concept of a launch vehicle for CanSat launches coupled with samples of several technical elements. The UniversalRocket team focused on creating a Ukrainian segment of the International CanSat project aimed at exploring technically feasible CanSat configurations, and designing launchers and payload systems.
The DH team won the victory in the Freestyle category, having designed a drone-hunting machine to guard country’s borders.
Thanks to the support of Max Polyakov’s Noosphere, the winners were awarded with both gifts: a cash prize in the amount of 5000 UAH and an opportunity to build and test their projects. They will come together once again on April 12, 2018 to show their working prototypes.
Max Polyakov, founder of Noosphere, admitted that all the spheres of scientific and technical research had undergone drastic changes. Many opportunities in the space industry, which still remain unrealized, may well make the difference. That is why, he is eager to develop and strengthen the ecosystem for space startups and let the Ukrainian aerospace industry reemerge.
According to Max Polyakov, the Star Track Tournament set the stage for a series of future events that will be held under the same name. In addition, Noosphere is going to host another space-oriented event in spring 2018, NASA Space Apps Challenge Dnipro, for the second time.