The Aerospace Student Challenge 2009/2010

L'incontournable projet étudiant

In partnership with great European participants in aeronautical and space sectors:

ACEaslDassaultAirbus GroupESAGifasMusée de l'Air et de l'Espace Thales


Welcome to the site of the Student Aerospace Challenge 2016/2017

As a consequence of the high number of competitors during the last exercise and the quality of the produced work, the ACE and its Partners renew for 2016-2017 the Student Aerospace Challenge allowing students to take part in a Manned Suborbital Vehicle study.

If you are an undergraduate from a European college or university, you are given an opportunity to create a team with fellow students and to work on a meaningful project covering many topics (technical, medical or legal aspects, etc...). In this way, you can put your knowledge into practice within the framework of a project (linked to your core activity or in complement) concerning an evolving field.


bienvenue1bis.jpgThe reference to the different concepts of Manned Suborbital Vehicles around the world, the support of the manufacturers, the support of educational establishments make the Student Aerospace Challenge a unique project for your ambitions.

Go through this web site, speak about it around you, form your team and send your application to the Selection Committee to possibly, as hundreds of engaged students during former years, actively take part in this adventure while strengthening your abiliity to join the professional world.

Good reading and see you soon!


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Challenge News

# 24/10/16 -Testimony of the Seat Dream team (Estia – Bidart) awarded by the ESA Grand Prix at the 14th Reinventing Space (London – 24 to 27/10/16)

Alexandre DAGUERRE

The Student Aerospace Challenge was for me an extremely rewarding experience. Indeed, it allowed me to significantly increase my knowledge in project management and team.

It was a pleasure and a huge challenge to embark on this adventure, which enriched me technically and scientifically, and also on the field of communication and the human.

As a member of the winning team of the Grand Prix ESA 2015, we had the honor to present our project at the 14th Reinventing Space Conference in London. The people we met at the conference this week in the Royal Society, have really impacted my point of view, and they have, more than ever, raised me awareness of the issues of transportation and suborbital space.

I have grown as an individual from this experience and full of projects for my future career.

Again thank you to the Aerospace Challenge, for this opportunity


Many thanks all of organization committee’s members of The Student Aerospace Challenge and of The ESA offering us the opportunity to present our study at The 14th Reinventing Space Conference. This is a dreamed event to be informed about several major space projects which will build up the world of tomorrow. We had a chance to meet professionals encouraging entrepreneurship in a nice setting.

Winning the Grand Prix ESA is the achievement of two years of work fulfilled thanks to a strong core of passionate students from ESTIA that I’d like to congratulate among of us having win the Prix DASSAULT this year. Thanks to The Student Aerospace Challenge, we have expressed our common aspiration to take part in challenges of aviation and of aerospace and our implication to solve the current issues.

Indeed, Space tourism is far from utopian, our vision of space is expanding each year and this phenomenon is exponential. Space remains impressive but the desire to go and meet it is stronger than all. The Human is able to take up challenges. It’s in the spirit that we wish to work for the democratization of Space.

So you should join the suborbital adventure and you should use your passion and your aspiration by attending The Student Aerospace Challenge. This is a free ticket for a trip you will never forget!

Alexandre MILLOT

The student aerospace challenge has been a tremendous opportunity to implement a concrete and innovative project, a structuring experience fostering creativity and imagination.

Space conquest and technological prowess have paved the way for a promising line of business where everyone can imagine traveling in low orbit. Access to space, until then very selective, will undoubtedly concern a large public. This aspect immediately aroused our interest and oriented the work of our team towards the conditions of a trip open to Physically Challenged People.

Two years of hard work were rewarded with the ESA Grand Prix and by an invitation to the 14th Reinventing Space Conference in London, a flagship event dedicated to the fields of new technologies and low cost in space, perfectly suited to our purpose and our innovative approach.

The Student Aerospace Challenge and ESA allowed us to immerse ourselves in the heart of the issues, strategies and projects that will revolutionize the world of tomorrow. An exciting experience, highly instructive and full of encounters, which will have increased my motivation to continue on this path, closer to the stars…


# 28/10/15 -The team awarded by the ESA Grand Prix at the ELGRA symposium
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# 07/24/2015 - « Ninth exercise results »

17 teams, gathering 66 students, competed for the ninth exercise of the Student Aerospace Challenge. The reports, returned on May 11th, 2015, were evaluated on May 27th, 2015 by the Steering Committee of the Challenge, composed of partners and experts. The prizes rewarded the following teams:

  • Team EPFL (EPFL – Lausanne - Switzerland) received Airbus Group Prize for its work related to the sizing of the primary propulsion system of MSV;
  • Ensicalarium (ISAE Ensica – Toulouse) received Dassault Aviation Prize for its detailed definition of a boarding system for the MSV;
  • ISAErmes (ISAE ENSICA - Toulouse) received Safran Prizefor its design of an electromagnetic propulsion system used to catapult a MSV equipped with a ramjet;
  • AM WP4 (ENSAM - Châlons-en-Champagne) received Thales Prize for its work on trajectory control using innovative actuators.

DAST2015 (IDEST - Sceaux) received the Suborbital Day’s Special Prize for the best presentation during the annual seminar for its work concerning particularly the legal status of crew members and passengers.

Medicosmos (ISAE SupAéro & UT3 Paul Sabatier – Toulouse) received the Esa Grand Prix for its outstanding study on screening, monitoring and training of the passengers related to medical aspects. The team will present a summary of its work during ELGRA 2015 symposium (European Low Gravity Research Association) next September in Corfu (Greece).

The ceremony of the handing over of the prizes was held on June 3rd, 2015 at Le Bourget Air and Space Museum in the frame of the eighth “Suborbital Day”. This seminar enabled the teams to present their work to the other students, the partners and the schools’ representatives.

On June 19th, 2015, a special awards ceremony for the winning teams was organized by ESA during the 51st Paris Air Show. This event concluded the ninth exercise of the Student Aerospace Challenge.

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# 13/11/14 - 2014 Arts & O’Space team : from Challenge to International Astronautical Congress in Toronto
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# 10/09/14 - The ENSAM team awarded by the Grand Prix Esa 2014 at the 65th IAC in Toronto.
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Become Ambassadors for the Challenge

Become Ambassadors for the Challenge

News of the Challenge

How to take part?

With the agreement of their teaching institution, teams (two to five students) can apply online, on this website, to work on one of the 11 Work Packages proposed by the Challenge. These projects can be led completely autonomously ...


Who can apply to the Challenge?

The Challenge aims to European college students.
If you are currently studying any of the following subjects, the Challenge is for you:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Economy
  • Law
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Medicine
  • Etc.

Work instructions

To check carefully before beginning the project.

Platform access

Access to the platform teams to download.
(For teams registered).