French-based Arianespace has launched a new contest to provide a free rideshare mission to put a CubeSat into orbit for a successful start-up, university or research centre that can demonstrate a design that will improve human existence. The announcement was unveiled in conjunction with the VivaTech show.
Participants in the contest will present their findings to a panel of Arianespace members, and will be judged on how the satellite will support humanity, environmental compatibility and whether it will meet the requirements of the Arianespace rideshare rocket.
Those who wish to take part in the competition will have to submit their proposals to Arianespace by 14 May.
Five finalists will be selected by the panel, and the winner is to be announced on 16 June, which coincides with the first day of the VivaTech show.
Arianespace further announced that it would be using the VivaTech show to unveil its new rideshare technology that will support future missions of putting small satellites into orbit.
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