His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the Former President of India and a world-renowned Space Scientist, was keen on encouraging the students in India to take active interest in the emerging Technologies, including Space Tech, as these significantly impact our daily lives. For India to continue to make impressive strides and leadership role in Space Technology, the youth of India must get interested, and deeply involved in Space Technology, Cube Satellites, Micro-gravity Research, etc. This nationwide competition is to encourage and stimulate that enthusiasm in Space Technology and operational Cube Satellites among the youth of India, as envisioned by Dr. Abdul Kalam.
Objectives A Nationwide Quest To Select AK-EDUSAT TEAM
To identify through a national contest, TEN (10) Student-teams in India (ii) to be guided and mentored by reputed Space Technology Experts (iii) to design, develop, validate an operational Cube Satellite 'AK-EDU-SAT-001'. Once completed and is proven to be fully operational, suitable for deployment, the Promoters shall recognize the teams appropriately for their historic participation. This contest shall provide an interactive, high-tempo, dynamic opportunity for students in high schools and colleges in India to participate in a nation-wide competition.
The Promoters provide their services and expertise totally free. They seek sufficient funds to cover the financial needs of the entire project, (including, but not limited to) (i) the actual cost of hardware & software (ii) validation (iii) recognize the participating teams (iv) fees for licensing / approvals (v) liability + other insurance (vi) ground station set up (vii) global relay network (viii) plan, arrange and successfully launch the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001', (ix) receiving stations all over India, (x) install, operate and maintain the entire system for a minimum of five years, etc.
(i) Seek the approval from respective Regional / National / International authorities, and regulatory bodies, to launch the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001' (ii) Arrange successful Cube-Sat launch (iii) establish V-Sat connectivity with Smart Classrooms, Digital Libraries, Dynamic Knowledge Centers, Rural & Urban Women Empowerment Centers, Rural & Urban Youth Skills Development Centers, Adult Education Centers, Rural, Urban & Mobile Tele-Medicine connectivity, etc.
Each participating Team shall have five students and one Advisor (Teacher / Faculty) from the same accredited educational institution (school / college). One team per school or college and if a University has several colleges, each college is eligible to enter its own team. The qualifications for participation are listed in the Application Form. Details of each team member and the Advisor must be provided in the Application Form as indicated, along with the acceptance by the Advisor to act in that capacity.
(i) Getting selected as one of ten teams in a nationwide competition, (ii) designing and developing a Cube-sat with a defined purpose and (iii) working directly under the tutelage of renowned experts in the Space domain - while being a student in a high School or College are indeed a tremendous honor and invaluable experience for the participants, boosting the resume of each participating member of the ten teams.
Mr. Rajaguru Nathan
CEO Aeolus Aero Tech Pvt. Ltd.
202, 3rd Floor, Rajadathri Building, 2nd Main Road, NGEF East
Kasturi Nagar, Bengaluru 560 043
Phone: +91-80-4902 3232
Properly completed online Application and the uploaded Essay shall be submitted from 12.01 AM, July 27, 2016 up to 11.59 PM on September 15, 2016. Entries submitted before or after the dates and times indicated as well as any incomplete entries shall be disqualified.
The Promoters cannot accept hard copy / printed forms as valid entries and shall do their best to ensure proper online access (through the respective websites: AKVIM, AAT, IWSF, etc.). On satisfactory submission of the application and the essay, an automated confirmation shall be sent to the email of the applicant. The Promoters are not responsible for local technical limitations, difficulties or issues faced by the participants and cannot respond to individual enquiries or questions about the status of the application.
The Selection Committee is formed of reputable scientists and accomplished leaders; they shall review and select the ten teams they find suitable, based on their own criteria. The selection by the independent Selection Committee shall be final and not subject to any appeal. The Selection Committee shall be indemnified and held harmless for providing their valuable voluntary service by the Promoters and Participants.
The names of the selected Teams shall be announced online around Oct. 15, 2016 in AKVIM, AAT and IWSF websites. Those selected shall receive email notification from AAT with instructions for further steps. Several thousand entries are expected from all over India to participate in the competition and it will not be possible to notify individually those not selected.
The selected teams shall be recognized with a 'Certificate of Acceptance' to build the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001' under the guidance and mentorship of experts assembled by AAT. Once the design and development is satisfactorily completed and validated, the Teams shall be recognized with awards as seen fit by the Promoters.
Technology Partner: Aeolus Aero Tech (AAT) and its team of experts shall guide the selected teams in this project. AAT shall be fully responsible for monitoring and the project execution as it sees fit. All IP rights relating to and arising from this entire project shall belong to Aeolus Aero Tech Pvt Ltd (AAT). AAT shall decide on all technical and technology matters (inclusive of, but not limited to) the functionality, features, composition, components, launching, seeking & obtaining approvals from the various Regional / National / International authorities / Organizations, etc. AAT shall have the final say in all technical matters and has the authority to accept or reject the final product.
Sponsorship & Funding: The Promoters invite donations (in any amount) and sponsorship from generous individuals, for-profit and non-profit entities in India and abroad to cover the cost of the hardware, software, testing individual components, validation, licensing fees, launching cost, maintenance fees, etc. The donors & sponsors shall be recognized appropriately at the Project Completion Grand Celebration (date, time, location, etc. to be decided at a later time). Individuals, institutions and corporations are invited to join as co-sponsors to encourage the youth of India.
Donations in INR (from those in India) checks to be made to: 'Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement'
Donations in USD (outside India) checks to be made to: 'International We Serve Foundation'
Online Donations in USD (outside India).
Each of the five levels has a limited number of Sponsorship slots.
|Copper Sponsors||5,000 to 50,000||75 to 770|
|Bronze Sponsors||50,001 to 5,00,000||771 to 7,700|
|Silver Sponsors||5,00,001 to 10,00,000||7,701 to 15,400|
|Gold Sponsors||10,00,001 to 1,00,00,000||15,401 to 154,000|
|Platinum Sponsors||1,00,00,001 and above||154,001 and above|
Right to Withdraw / Cancel: The Promoters sincerely hope the dream of His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will be realized by thousands of students all over India with their active participation in this national contest and by taking interest in Space Technology. If there is very poor response as of Sep. 15, 2016, IWSF, acting on behalf of the Promoters, IWSF retains the full right to cancel this entire 'Space Tech India - Knowledge Connect Contest' and cube-sat project, if in its assessment the response from the students and the educational institutions in India is poor. The participants fully understand and agree that they will not seek nor entitled to receive any compensation or restitution of any kind, in case this contest is withdrawn or cancelled.
Informed Consent: Each participating team represented by the person delegated to fill up the form, and submit the essay on behalf of the entire team, by their participation shall signify they have reviewed, understood and agreed with all the terms and conditions.
Confidentiality & Privacy Protection: The Promoters do not intend to use any of the submitted essays and data for any personal gain. All personal information shall be kept fully confidential and not shared with any outside third party.
Publicity & Public Disclosure: The selected teams hereby give full consent to disclose and publicize their selection and the names of the Team members, as part of the National Contest, and that they shall indemnify and hold the Promoters harmless in revealing their names and shall not seek or receive any compensation for making their names public as winners in this national contest. Any photos / pictures taken in relation to these matters shall be the property of the Promoters for their use as they see fit, without any additional compensation in any form to the winning teams.
Disposition of the essays, ideas & data: All submitted essays shall be the property of the Promoters who may choose to store them for a certain length of time and / or delete some or all of them as they see fit, at their own discretion. The participants fully understand and agree not to seek or receive any compensation for the essays, any ideas contained in them or related items. The Promoters shall duly acknowledge the authors if they decide to publish any of the essays / ideas submitted as worthwhile ideas to be promoted for the benefit of the society at large or the whole humanity, without any selfish motive.
CubeSat Launch: The Promoters intend to take all efforts to launch the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001' and ensure it is operational, covering and networking all of India to promote education, electronic connectivity and knowledge connectivity, even in remote corners of the country. At this early stage, quite important for all concerned, (including the teams participating in the Space Tech India Contest), to understand that the Promoters cannot give any assurance or guaranty whether the Cube-Sat developed by the student-teams will be launched. This critical matter is subject to a number of external factors (inclusive of, but not limited to) (i) raise adequate funds for the launch, (ii) establish all the support structures (such as: Ground station, Relay CubeSat, installing receiving antenna at each location, etc. (ii) get approvals and clearance from various national and international governmental and space organizations, (iii) obtain license to use allotted communication wave-length / band-width, etc. (iv) arrange the launch through an SLV (Satellite Launch Vehicle), operated by ISRO/NASA, etc.
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