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Student Essay Contest



Investigate how advancements in satellite technology have revolutionized this industry's practices, strategies, and overall impact. Consider the differences in data resolution (spatial, temporal, spectral) obtained on the ground, from an airplane or space. Discuss how space observation has either complemented or replaced the other observation methods of the chosen industry.



  • Typewritten essay, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, in 1,000 words or less.

  • Include student name, teacher name, grade, and school name printed at the top of the essay.

  • Submit your essay to your local AIAA section, with name and email of student, parent(s), and teacher: name, phone, e-mail, and mailing address for notification and awards in the body of the email.



Final submission deadline to local AIAA section officers essay official is April 23, 2024. Submission of local section winning essays to the national contest is May 13, 2024. Local winners and their teachers will be notified in May, 2024. National winners and their teachers will be notified in June, 2024.



Any seventh or eighth grader (or equivalent).


National Prizes:

1st place will be awarded $125,

2nd place will be awarded $75, and

3rd place will be awarded $50.


Winners are publicly announced in the September 2024 issue of Aerospace America magazine.

Rocky Mountain Section Prizes:

8th grade: 1st place $100, 2nd place $50.

7th grade: 1st place $100, 2nd place $50.


Judging Criteria:

  1. Originality of ideas presented (30%).

  2. Soundness of logic used to develop ideas (30%).

  3. Realism of ideas presented (20%).

  4. Quality of composition & clarity of expression (20%).


Email Essay Submissions and Questions to Gregg Cannady: with Essay Contest in subject line.

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