Tag: International Final

2016-17 Competition

ISSDC 2017: The Party’s Over

Luke Tattersall, supervisor

What a crazy 48 hours.  The students from the UK and EU teams are now sleep-deprived, hungry and, let’s be honest, a little disappointed.

After two days and the best part of a night preparing their presentations, it was judgement day. The teams lined up at the KSC and presented their versions of a Venusian habitat for 10 000 people to the rest of the students. The four 35-minute presentations were all outstanding and, given that there was UK representation in 3 of the 4 teams we felt that we had a good chance of at least some of us carrying off the trophy. Alas, it was not to be as the presentation from Grumbo, the only company without UK representation, blew the rest out of the water. The science was equally good in all four presentations, but the professionalism of the Grumbo presentation impressed the judging panel enough to sway the final vote.

However, there was one award that a UK competitor did win. Alex Radford (pictured) won the prize for outstanding leadership.

Alex Radford wins the Dick Edwards Award for outstanding leadership of Rockdonnell
Alex Radford wins the Dick Edwards Award for outstanding leadership of Rockdonnell

There was a 5 hour gap between presentation and judging and the students used this time to look around the space centre – for any aspiring aerospace engineer this is Nirvana and the Saturn 5 rocket and the Space Shuttle “Atlantis” moved some of our students to tears – literally. It was a jaw-dropping experience.

The minibus ride home was slightly manic as sleep deprivation and the sight of a large alligator in the creek took its toll, but what an amazing couple of days.

 Time to go home….
2016 Competition

ISSDC Day 6 – 31/7

After almost having to force the team to sleep last night, today they were up bright and early to head back to the Kennedy Space Centre to continue their work on the space station which aims to lay the groundwork for terraforming Mars. The team have been working hard all day and are still hard at work whilst this entry is being written in the small hours of the next day.

The team have worked so hard and are well on their way to designing a station of which they should all be very proud.

We wish the best of luck to the team as the deadline steadily approaches!

2016 Competition

ISSDC Day 5 – 30/7

Finally, the competition has arrived!

We began the day with breakfast, after which we went to the Kennedy Space Center – which was a surreal experience to know that we were actually here, and to see the scale of the rockets. We then had our introduction, briefings and heard from Chris Ferguson, an astronaut who piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Chris Ferguson tells of life on the Space Shuttle

In our companies, we then elected our management team with the following UK Team members gaining positions in Rockdonnell (with the UK having a clear majority over these positions):

President – Victoria Farrant

Vice-President of Marketing/Sales – Matthew Braz

Director of Structural Engineering – Natasha Cowan

Director of Human Factors – James Drummond

Director of Operations – Jacob Robertson

Also, Jonathan Heywood (EU team – from UK) is President of Grumbo.

All companies have spent the day working on their proposals, and are looking forward to doing more tomorrow.