Aerospace Education Competitions

Since 1986, AEC has been running global competitions in which high-school students design futuristic space settlements!

Founded, and supported by, industry experts (real-life rocket scientists!), AEC is the thought-leading organisation that prepares these intensive industry simulation events, manages a global network of regional partners, and ultimately nurtures students into professional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.



SpaceSet is the global network of Space Settlement Design Competitions, facilitated and directed by AEC. The fictional, futuristic scenario’s that students operate in allow our student participants to learn what it takes to operate in a real-world industry environment, how to work collaboratively in an engineering team, and ultimately design large scale space infrastructure.



Accelerate your learning in the aerospace science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.


Step beyond the classroom and into the workplace. Meet, work with, and be mentored by industry professionals.


Have you got what it takes to compete against the best students across the globe?

International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC)

The ISSDC Finals are the world’s premier aerospace engineering competition for high school students. Every year, thousands of students from across the world submit SpaceSet design proposals to Regional SpaceSet Events, and compete at Regional Finals to become Regional Champions.

Regional Champions win the opportunity to compete at the prestigious ISSDC Finals, held annually at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.


“Before ISSDC, I wasn’t even considering studying Chemistry or Physics. This competition is the reason I am an engineer”

– Emily Trusler (Director, EY) | ISSDC Finalist 2003

Aerospace Education Competitions

As part of these events, students adopt positions within a simulated professional workplace setting, and are mentored by industry professionals as they work to deliver solutions to simulated futuristic aerospace engineering scenarios.