Publish Date: 09.04.2018

Category: News from the University

European Space Agency (ESA) offered graphic designers and artists the unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket that will launch Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) into Earth orbit. Among 300 submitted designs a sticker by the student Denis Vrenk from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana was chosen. The design will be placed on the Soyuz rockt`s fairing, the tough outer shell that protects the satellite during launch and as it passes through the atmosphere into space. Denis is also invited to attend the main Cheops launch event.

The panel put forward a set of designs to the final jury, plus a few runners-up to represent the broad range of submitted designs. “I was impressed by the diversity and quality of the designs,” said guest jury member Joost Grootens, head of the Information Design master’s programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. “The winning entry has a very rich concept, and the bold colours will certainly stand out on the rocket when printed full size," he added. Denis got inspiration for his design from images of Venus transiting Sun and many other simulated silhouettes of different planets discovered by scientific missions using transit photometry. The jury noted: “The winning design captures the scientific essence of the mission in a simple but clear and eye-catching way, and with an emphasis on graphical design as intended.”