“The University of Hong Kong has always aspired to cultivate and inspire visionary and creative future talents. Secondary schools will be invited to participate in this initiative. It is hoped that secondary school students can exchange ideas with professionals of Space Technology to design and produce a CubeSat and learn how to utilise Space Data to yield profitable business opportunities and plan the future blueprint for human beings,”
Professor Bennett Yim, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and International Student Exchange of the University of Hong Kong
“The HKU Laboratory for Space Research, is proud to be a foundational member of this exciting new STEM and Knowledge Exchange, Secondary School initiative. We encourage you to Become a space technology enthusiast; Explore the future Space Ecosystem; Stretch your Imagination and Train your mind to be the BEST it can be as you get to conceive, design and build your very own CubeSat,”
“Exciting new opportunities in space businesses are launching across the globe. This fun and innovative programme prepares students with a forward-thinking mindset and builds the students to be space-ready, entrepreneurial and equipped with practical skills to make the most of these opportunities.The NewSpace economy has arrived in Hong Kong; without the use and application of data from Space, Hong Kong will never be a Smart City.”
ELIGIBILITY All Secondary Schools in Hong Kong (School-based Applications).
APPLICATION School Team(s) shall be formed under each school. Each school shall assign a School Teacher to be the school mentor and main contact person of this project.
Each team should ideally have around 6 to a maximum of 8 students. The school shall decide the composition of the team, including the number of students for each team, year of study. S.4 to S.5 students are the target groups for this programme. School-based Applications shall be submitted HERE by September 13, 2021.
The Online Information Session of the Business Economy for Space Technology Programme was successfully held on August 27 . To revisit the online session, click HERE to view the playback.
Participating school teams are not charged any fees to participate in the programme. However, each School Team will be responsible for its own costs and expenses, including for any equipment associated with designing, building and deploying a CubeSat Prototype, such as computers, ground stations, transportation, data storage, and any other hardware and software.
The Programme is divided into two phases:
• Fall Semester – What is a CubeSat? What can they Do? How to design a mission including the Presentation Phase (September - November 2021), each School Team will conceive, design, and present a CubeSat Mission Proposal in the form of a video.
• Spring Semester – Build & Deploy Prototype Phrase (January - April 2022), each School Team will build a functioning CubeSat Prototype using commercial off-the-shelf components, deploy the CubeSat Prototype in a simulated launch, and present a Mission Report to a live Judges Panel.
Each school based project will be monitored, mentored and advised every step of the way by teachers and relevant members of the consortium. Final projects will be judged by a 5 person panel of external independent judges when selecting the best projects for awards. The principal selection criteria are below but encapsulated within an overall holistic approach that closely follows that adopted by the Science Park and Cyberport:
Innovation and Creativity of the Proposed Project (25%)
The Project's Commercial and/or Scientific Potential (including a business model if relevant) (25%)
Overall Performance of the Project Management Team (25%)
Community Engagement including Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations (Social Responsibility) (10%)
Technical Feasibility and Viability (15%)
HKU Scholarships – Wining team can attend HKU summer programmes organized by HKU Academy for the Talented.
Please feel free to contact us at talented.hku.hk or at 3917-5100.
*NewSpace is a term coined to refer to the recent commercialisation of the space sector.
**A CubeSat is a miniaturised satellite for space research which is made up of a 10cm-cubic modules that can house sensors, cameras, and other instruments internally and externally. It can conduct a wide range of experiments or missions in orbit, including “space weather” monitoring, identifying, and tracking wild animal herds to gathering atmospheric data for terrestrial weather prediction, etc.
***Astropreneur refers to an entrepreneur in the aerospace and NewSpace sector.
Disclaimer: Programme contents are subject to change without prior notice.