DISCOVERER Mission Patch Competition

Patches are a tradition in the space flight program!

The DISCOVERER project is sponsoring a Mission Patch competition at the High School / University Level.
The winning patch design will be used in publicity for the SOAR satellite which will fly to space in spring 2021 from Cape Canaveral Florida on a unique mission.

Join the competition and design your mission patch!

Animated video of SOAR

Challenge Objectives

The Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) is a scientific CubeSat which has been designed at the University of Manchester and will be launched in May 2021.

SOAR will investigate how different materials act in the environment of very low Earth orbit (below 450 km in altitude) and will help to identify new materials which can reduce the drag which satellites experience due to the very low density atmosphere which remains at these heights. SOAR will be the University of Manchester’s first satellite and as such needs a mission patch to commemorate the development and launch of the spacecraft, but also to publicise the unique mission that the satellite has been designed to perform.

Picture of the DISCOVERER satellite

Challenge Rules

  • Language: English
  • Text size: ensure that all text is readable
  • Must fit within a (8cm) circle
  • Try and use the DISCOVERER colour palette in your design

Judging and Winner Selection

The DISCOVERER consortium will judge the patches and select winners based on inclusion of the required design elements as well as for creativity, originality and use of symbols to tell their story.

Only mission patches sent by Sunday, February 28, 2021 will be eligible for judging.

The winning design will be used in publicity for the mission, with a note indicating the winners name.  In addition, the winning design along with two runners up, will be published on the DISCOVERER website along with the names of their creators.

For more details on the design and entry criteria, and how to submit your mission patch design, please click here.