About Us

Why We Do What We Do

Who We Are

Aerospace Education Competitions (AEC) is the overarching organization responsible for the setting of strategic direction for SpaceSet activities globally.

Our annual activities include:

  • Creation, modification, and ownership of the intellectual property (IP) used in all SpaceSet events globally;
  • Conduct of the annual International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC), a global SpaceSet competition culminating in the annual ISSDC Finals;
  • Managing and supporting direct entry students into the ISSDC – being those whom do not fall within the regions of our of our existing regional partners;
  • Supporting our regional partners in the conduct of their regional SpaceSet events.


Activities are delegated to specific regional partners, whom:

  • Run regional ISSDC semi-finals, within the canon and storyline of the global ISSDC competition. Winners of these events are invited to compete at the ISSDC Finals;
  • Use our IP under licence to run their own standalone SpaceSet events, outside yet concurrent to the ISSDC.


For more information on our global activities, refer to Global Spaceset

Our Mission

Aerospace Education Competitions (AEC) exists to nurture the next generation of aerospace professionals, through the organization and delivery of ‘Space Settlement Design Competitions’ – known colloquially as SpaceSet.

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.

Aerospace Educations Competitions ensures that students – primarily, but not exclusively high school students – gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – specifically their application in the industries of today and tomorrow –providing them a platform to pursue careers in aeronautical, and other, fields and disciplines.

Our Vision

1. AEC knows that the practical application of STEM skills is critical for the future generation of engineers, leaders, and professionals. Packaging these skills within the vehicle of futuristic space settlement design, we are encouraging students into learning more about STEM careers at a pivotal point in the education and development.


2. Students leave high school without the ‘soft skills’ required to operate in the professional workplace. AEC is committed to teaching students these industry fundamentals, including:

    • Large team dynamics
    • Keeping within budgets and schedules
    • Adhering to deadlines as requirements change
    • Effective professional communication


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