Space Settlement Design Competition Sponsors and Future Vision

Space Settlement Design Competitions were created by Co-Founders Anita Gale, Dick Edwards, and Rob Kolstad. The three Co-Founders have conducted Space Settlement Design Competitions as a volunteer activity since 1984.

The Co-Founders rely on the selfless contributions of uncounted hours by volunteers who help with organizing, judging, and coaching for the Design Competition. Most of our volunteers are associated with the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Orange County (California) Section: Judging Panel for Qualifying Competition proposals
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Houston Section: on-site volunteers for the Finalist Competition
  • The Boeing Company
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
  • Society of Women Engineers, Texas Space Center Section

As of Autumn 2009, the financial situation for the ISSDC competitions is challenging.

For the first decade, sponsors of the International Space Settlement Design Competition enabled the Co-Founders to offer this experience for any school world-wide with high school age students, and to provide complimentary lodging and meals for Finalist Competition participants. In the early years, the Competition's most generous sponsors were:

  • The Boeing Company, Space and Communications Group
  • NASA - Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • The Boeing Company, Florida Operations