SpaceSet competitions are set in a futuristic society where humanity has expanded into the
solar system. Each competition cycle involves the design and development of the next
iterative expansion from Earth – from the very first settlement in earth orbit through to the
colonization of the asteroid belt.
Participants enter the SpaceSet environment, and discover a rich, immersive world –
‘futuristic’ technology extrapolated from today’s cutting edge, sub-contractors that
specialize in off-world equipment, and existing inter-system infrastructure that they can
leverage in their designs. This canon is annually incremental, meaning that each settlement
is available for use in the next competition scenario; the overall canon refreshes on a
roughly five-year cadence.
Each new settlement is sponsored by the Foundation Society, a global body responsible for
delivering humanity to the far reaches of space. Each year, the Society releases a Request
For Proposal (RFP) – a series of requirements that outline the next space settlement they
wish to develop.
Private companies and contractors are then invited to respond to this RFP – researching the
problem, designing a solution, and delivering their vision for the next human settlement in a
forty-page business proposal. The Society is then able to review competing proposals and
designs, and select the winning design for construction!
SpaceSet competitions are all about students preparing one of these proposals -- a response
to a request to build a space settlement.
Participants are no longer students when they compete in SpaceSet; they become
engineers, scientists, and executives in NorthDonning Heedwell, one of the most successful
aerospace engineering consortiums in history.
Participants adopt roles within the company – from President, through Department Heads,
and to technical staff within each Department. They are encouraged to extrapolate from
today’s cutting-edge technology – defining what may be plausibly feasible in this futuristic
Teams can range in size from a pair, through to a maximum of twelve; otherwise, there are
no restrictions on composition. Different skills, ages, genders, experiences, and even
geographies can all be beneficial!