UNSW PhD Student wins 2015 Move an Asteroid Competition

William Crowe (UNSW MME PhD student) accepting his certificate
William Crowe, winner of the 2015 Space Generation Advisory Council Move an Asteroid competition

UNSW Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering PhD student William Crowe has been awarded first place in the 2015 Space Generation Advisory Council Move an Asteroid competition held in conjunction with 2015 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Jerusalem.

The competition challenged students and young professionals worldwide to come up with original ideas relating to Near Earth Objects (NEOs), with each entrant required to submit a technical paper of up to ten (10) pages long, describing their design. Submissions were sought regarding any of the following topics: 

  • Safe deflection of an Earth-bound NEO
  • NEO study, characterisation and detection
  • Global NEO impact warning system
  • NEO resource utilisation
  • Proposals and concepts for NEO missions aiming at planetary defence, exploration, and/or resource utilisation
  • NEO impact consequences
  • NEO education programs and strategies

Put simply, William's proposition was to visit asteroids that come very close to the Earth, rather than travel great distances over many years to reach those that are far away.The prize included transport and entry to the 2015 IAC and SGC, including the opportunity to present the winning paper.

We congratulate William on a fantastic job!