Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition

asian semifinals for
International Space Settlement
Design Competition

Teaching industrial skills
to students
since 1984

This competition focuses on taking you through 25 years of legacy and an educational product that is developed entirely by engineers. Unlike most educators, we believe that young high school students can learn almost anything given the right tools.

And this tool by far is the best for teaching you Management skills and real-time industry skills that most people spend decades to learn in the industry while on the job.

You need not be a whiz-kid, academically very successful or brilliant in physics and mathematics to do well in this competition. The focus of the competition is to discover the hunger in you to learn
and excel.

This is a real team building exercise and according to most participants it is the most rewarding experience.

Just as in industry, competing teams submit designs in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP), which describes exactly what the customer wants to see in the design.

Qualifying Competition teams may be of any size (from a few to many dozen). The 15 teams that qualify for the Asian Semifinals and the 12 teams that qualify for the Finalist Competition will be limited to 12 high school students each, with two adult advisors. Teams are advised to select members with diverse experiences and/or interests; successful designs balance structural integrity, operating efficiency,
use of computers and robotics, and pleasant living conditions. Prior Competitions have shown that
it will also be helpful to have at least one good artist and/or one good writer on your team.

The Semifinalist teams are responsible for arranging their own round trip to Om Shanti Retreat Center, Manesar, Haryana, India and likewise The Finalist teams are responsible for arranging their own round trip transportation to Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

This competition takes place in a simulated future year (see the RFP for exact dates). Technological advancements beyond the current state of the art have accrued. The contents of these links describe technologies the judges will accept in your design. Any other technologies assumed in your design must be fully justified (for example, if you plan to use `warp drive', you must explain how it is constructed).

The basic products, vehicles, and structures described for this competition are technically possible
within the timeframes indicated. They do, however, represent ambitious technical, economic, and political commitments. Some will never happen, some will. Some are projects that Design Competition participants who become engineers will work on during their careers. The company Northdonning Heedwell, including its product line and history, is based on a composite of real corporations, projected into the future. There is no such organization as the Foundation Society. The described efforts by the Foundation Society to foster commercial space infrastructure development could, however, be accomplished by other existing organizations.

Your proposal will be judged by engineers from NASA, Boeing, ISRO and other industry leaders.
They have experience in the aerospace industry and are familiar with the current state of the art,
so please base your design on reasonable interpretations of the level of existing technology
defined here, the laws of Physics, and common sense.

A (perpetual) rolling trophy made of a meteorite

Camp del Cielo Iron Meteorite Unearthed: Gran Chaco Gualamba, Chaco, Argentina Iron: Octahedrite, coarse (3mm), Type IA Found: 1572

Iraon (IA) coarse Octahedrite with silicate inclusions. This meteorite was first discovered in 1572 by Spanish explorers in Chaco, Argentina. Thousands of pieces have been found near some impact craters, the largest weighing over 33 tonnes.

This piece is from a new find, miles from the original field. It was unearthed from closed forest,
having been buried several feet underground.

The Award: Twelve finalist teams from around the world are selected to compete with a new scenario
in a live Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida with real engineers sharing their knowledge and experience in both engineering and management.
Two teams selected from the Asian Semifinals.

Welcome!to the thirteenth asian semifinals

This year, the student teams will be expected to design the first large space settlement community in orbit around the planet Mercury.

This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people.

Each year the Competition organizers develop a new design concept with its own special requirements. Contest teams work together to create a 40-page report (see samples from index) that addresses the issues and communicates their ideas and designs.

In this competitionstudent engineers demonstrate:

to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement (aka Space Colony).