Double Award-Winning Success for the Aerospace Engineering Department at the 28th ENAIRE Foundation Aeronautical Awards

🏆 The Aerospace Engineering Department wins two prestigious awards at the 28th edition of the ENAIRE Foundation Aeronautical Awards:

🛰️ Space Award (New Category!): Alejandro Pastor Rodríguez, for his Doctoral Thesis ‘Advanced observation correlation and orbit determination methods for the build-up and maintenance of a catalogue of space objects’.

This is the first time this Space Award has been granted, recognizing outstanding works or studies with practical applications in air and space mobility. In this inaugural edition, four submissions were considered, and the award goes to Alejandro Pastor Rodríguez for his Doctoral Thesis titled ‘Advanced observation correlation and orbit determination methods for the build-up and maintenance of a catalogue of space objects,’ conducted at the Carlos III University of Madrid; his thesis was conducted in collaboration with the company GMV, and his supervisors were Prof. Manuel Sanjurjo Rivo from our department and Diego Escobar from GMV.

The jury acknowledged the high quality and practical applications of advanced technological developments in this work, which requires a deep expertise in the field, with few experts capable of reaching similar conclusions. Furthermore, the study is seen as a valuable reference and source of inspiration for other researchers to pursue future analyses that question, complement, or improve upon this work.

🏆 Luis Azcárraga AwardFateme Baneshi, Manuel Soler, and Abolfazl Simorgh  (Aircraft Operations Lab UC3M) for their work ‘Conflict assessment and resolution of climate-optimal aircraft trajectories at network scale’. This annual award recognizes works, studies, or projects that make a significant contribution to air transportation in terms of planning, organization, economic and administrative management, environmental impact, and preservation, as well as technological research and innovation.

In this edition, 12 submissions were evaluated, and the jury selected the team of Fateme Baneshi, Manuel Soler, and Abolfazl Simorgh for their work titled ‘Conflict assessment and resolution of climate-optimal aircraft trajectories at network scale.’

The jury highlighted the substantial impact of this research on algorithms for planning climate-optimal aircraft trajectories at a network scale, as well as the potential for its application to reduce the aviation carbon footprint, a crucial aspect in the fight against climate change.

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✈️ Congratulations to the winners for their outstanding contributions to the field of aerospace engineering and air transportation!