The Awards Ceremony of Europe’s first innovation competition dedicated to space exploration on 16 November brought new business ideas supported by ESA, Space, Astrosat, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville, Airbus and Merck on stage.

Congratulations to SustainSpace for winning the Overall Prize and taking home the Astrosat & Huntsville Prize of the Space Exploration Masters 2017.

5 more business cases and Challenge winners (listed below) were also recognised during the Space Exploration Masters Awards Ceremony by high-ranking industry and institutional representatives: Prof. Dr. Jan Wörner, Mr David Parker and Mr Bernhard Hufenbach from the initiating company, the European Space Agency (ESA), Mr Mario Grotz from the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg with its initiative, Mr Steve Lee from the Scottish company Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., Ms Lucia Camp from the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, USA, Mr Silvio Sandrone and Mr Munya Chivasa from Airbus and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

As a big surprise, Mr Matthias Maurer, who recently joined the ESA astronauts team, enriched the festive Awards as a special guest. During the complete evening, he was available for questions and pictures – which was gladly accepted by the audience.

Read more about the winning applications:

ESA Prize jointly with Space Applications Services
D-Orbit – FENIX: Small Propulsion Systems for Small Satellites, submitted by Luca Rossettini, D-ORBIT

Luxembourg Prize – LuxIMPULSE Award
Hypernova Space Technologies – Simple and Scalable Electric Propulsion for Small Satellites and Beyond, submitted by Jonathan Lun, Hypernova Space Technologies

Luxembourg Prize – SpaceStarters Award
Maana Electric – TerraBox & LunaBox, submitted by Joost van Oorschot, Maana Electric

Astrosat & Huntsville Prize & Winner of the Overall Prize
SustainSpace – Plant Germination during Spaceflight to Test for the Adaptability of Crops in long-term Space Missions, submitted by Mark Ciotola, SustainSpace, San Francisco State University, Singularity University

Sustainable Exploration Prize by Airbus and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Golden Fleece – Metallic Coatings for Intelligent Solar Sails from In-Situ Resources, submitted by Mateusz Józefowicz, ABM Space sp. z o.o.

ESA Space Solutions Prize
Joanneum Research – 3D Reconstruction and Visualisation of Geological Formations, submitted by Gerhard Paar, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH