This page discusses rules, registration procedures, and schedules.
Read it over if you think you'd like to participate in the competition.
Eligibility Requirements for Team Members
High School students (9th through 12th grades) during the local
equivalent of the U.S. school year (between August
and June), and not studying in a full-time college or university
curriculum as of 15 February (typically between 14 and 18 years of
age; must be 19 years of age or less during the Finalist Competition).
Registration and Competition Procedures
Your team must register with the
Competition organizers to receive key materials not included here. Only
entries from registered teams will be considered for advancement.
The International Space Settlement Design Competition is evolving;
eventually most Finalists will be selected through Semi-Finalist
Competitions. The Competition process currently includes the following
Phase 1a: Register To Receive the Final RFP
Find your region below to find its registration procedures.
Phase 1b: Qualifying Competition (at your high school)
Your team represents Northdonning
Heedwell, a major aerospace company, and your customer is an
organization called the Foundation
Create and submit your design for an orbiting space settlement,
in hopes that your company will be awarded the lucrative contract to
construct it. The Preliminary Request for Proposal (RFP) summarizes the
requirements for the Space Settlement desired by the customer. When your
team registers for the Competition, you will receive the Final RFP,
which describes background information for a future year and everything the customer wants in your design. You will also receive submittal instructions and due dates. Submit
your written (on paper!) design description for evaluation by the
Judging Panel for your Region.
Notification Date for Finalist Invitations: Late May
Phase 2: International Finalist Competition at Johnson Space Center
in Texas (by invitation only)
The 12 Finalist teams (12 members each) are tripled up to form four
competing companies. Your company will prepare a new design responding
to a different RFP at the JSC Gilruth Center. Competition organizers
will also designate Invited teams to join the companies formed by the Finalist teams; companies will include up to 48 students.
The company members will work in conditions that resemble those experienced
by high-pressure proposal teams in industry, with assistance
from real working engineers and managers. Designs will be presented to an
audience that includes the judges and competing teams. Presenters will
answer the judges' questions about their designs. Judges will select
a winning design, and provide a debriefing describing merits and weak
points of the proposals.
Finalist Competition dates, arrival instructions, and task description will be provided with the invitations to attend.