Space agency search

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THE UK Space Agency, the Gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for space pro­grammes, is look­ing for ideas from young peo­ple.

The SatelLife Chal­lenge is look­ing for in­no­va­tive pro­pos­als from those aged be­tween 11 and 22. The ideas should have the po­ten­tial to use data col­lected by satellites in space to ben­e­fit our econ­omy, health or the en­vi­ron­ment.

This will be the sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion. Last year, ideas sub­mit­ted in­cluded so­lu­tions to help in­crease the sur­vival rate of heart at­tack vic­tims by us­ing GPS track­ers in fit­ness de­vices, and an app that warns peo­ple about im­pend­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The pro­posal must show how satellites could im­prove life on Earth. There’s a share of a £50,000 prize fund up for grabs, too.

En­tries can be made by teams or in­di­vid­u­als. All prize win­ners will be able to pitch their idea to a panel from the space sec­tor who will offer prizes.

The dead­line is 25 Fe­bru­ary 2018. For more info, search on­line for ‘UK Space Agency’.

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