FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The 5th Annual Space Innovation Challenge concluded on 11/6/2021.
Thank you to all those who participated and congratulations to the top teams:
First Place: Teppernauts
Self-cleaning solar panels to mitigate dust accumulation
Sam Campbell, Jason DiVenere, Michelle Fremuth, Shilpa Jais-Stewart, Jen MacDonald
Second Place (tied): Team MIT
A garage on the Moon that provides battery recharge and thermal control for lunar rovers
Fiona Gouthro, Eduardo Maristany, Cormac O'Neill, Jenn Pandolf, Andrew Schroeder
Second Place (tied): Infrastellar
Standardizing lunar terrain for energy infrastructure development
Matthew Feldman, John Harrington, Ryan Lee, Alex Pletta, Russell Wong
Prompt: Develop a proposal for a new business that will provide a solution for a power supply or sustainability challenge that the space industry faces today. Your recommendation should include
a clear outline of the problem being solved along with the technical and commercial viability of
your solution. The most important part of this problem solving process is to think creatively and
have fun with your ideas!
A special thank you to our sponsors and judges for making this a successful event. The 6th
Annual Space Innovation Challenge will be planned for next school year with info coming
early next fall.
The Space Innovation Challenge is a graduate-level case competition that helps you make an impact, meet new friends across campus and from other top universities, and mingle with leaders of the new space industry. The case prompt will go live on October 31st and you'll have all week to develop solutions to a space-themed business problem for the event. The following Saturday, teams will pitch their solution to a team of leading professionals in the new space industry, which will be followed by a networking event with industry leaders.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
Pitch to industry leaders and make high-profile professional contacts
Expand your network with students from other CMU schools and other leading universities
Your idea might get funded by the companies in attendance
Registration is free, so why not?
GROW YOUR NETWORK
Following the innovation challenge there will be a networking social between the participants, sponsors, and judges. In addition, we will share your resumes with the judges and sponsors as a part of this case competition.
The Space Innovation Challenge offers space companies the opportunity to hear creative ideas from the brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University and other leading universities. Sponsorship allows your company to connect with the space talent of tomorrow. For additional information on sponsorship levels, email Ben Mangefrida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Campbell, Jason DiVenere, Michelle Fremuth, Vivek Jayaprakasan, Ruben Tavakalov
2019: Moon Unit Zappa
Keegan Borig, Clare Callahan, Prashant Jayaraman, Prakarsh Yadav
2018: Cosmic Computing
Kyle Marinelli, Sara Megbel, Lisha Prakash, Vaibhav Viswanathan
2017: Deep Orbital Recycler (DOR)
Shubham Agarwal, Shane Gorth, Tejas Khot, Katarzyna Olszewska, Arun Ramasami