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SpaceSet competitions are set fifty years in the future, in a fictional 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 specialise in off-world equipment, and existing inter-system infrastructure 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.