SpaceLab student Barbara Ojur wins prize at top interrnational space conference on small satellites

14 Jun 2019 - 12:30

SpaceLab MPhil student Barbara Ojur was awarded a prize for her paper on a software defined radio ground station at the 12th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, hosted by the International Academy of Astronautics and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, Germany, from 6-10 May 2019.

Ms. Ojur was one of six finalists from Europe, Asia and Africa who presented their papers within the the student competition as part of the symposium. All six finalists were selected from a large international group of students who submitted extended abstracts and papers to the symposium. Ms. Ojur’s entry was based on her MPhil in Space Studies dissertation on the design of a low-cost mobile software-defined radio ground station supervised by SpaceLab programme convener Prof. Peter Martinez. Her motivation for her dissertation research was to enable opportunities for communities to access and use satellite data easily and at low cost - especially in rural and remote areas - for their own applications. Such applications would especially support addressing several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation is the one of the most important conferences dedicated to the topic of small satellite missions and their applications. The symposium is attended by professionals, researchers and space agency representatives from all over the world. The symposium series began in 1996 and takes place every two years in Berlin, It is co-hosted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) whose head, Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, is the honorary chair of the conference and addressed participants and students on the first day.

Barbara Ojur submitted her MPhil dissertation in February 2019 and is about to graduate. She already started working at her new job at a software and sensor systems company that also uses satellite data in their applications.

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