Author: Trisha Saxena

2016 Competition


It’s that time of year again when the UKSDC opens up registration for another round of competitions! Dates and other information about each of our competition events can be found by clicking ‘Compete’ at the top of the page. Alternatively, click here for Regional Heats and here for Micro-Competition registration.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!


2016 Competition

Central London Regional Heat

On 28th November, teams from 8 schools took part in the Regional Heat held at Imperial College London – a heavily oversubscribed event meaning that each company was allocated two constituent teams. Despite the usual technical problems (no wifi at the start being the main one!) all four companies produced exceptional designs over the course of eight hours, as well as presentations of a professional standard.

The quality of each team’s design was so high that if it had been possible we would have invited all four to the National Finals in March. Every company had covered nearly all the points on the RFP and with so much detail that it was almost impossible to pick just one winner. However, rules are rules and it took the judges close to 45 minutes to come to a unanimous decision as the participants waited impatiently for the result.

In the end, Flechtel won and the two schools (Haberdasher Aske’s School for Girls and Sutton Grammar School) will now be competing in the Finals. The team is pictured below.

Winning company

A huge congratulations once again to all four teams for producing such fantastic designs.




2016 Competition

Central London Regional Micro-Competition

Congratulations are in order to students from Isaac Newton Academy, Hammersmith Academy and Haydon School who took part in the Micro-Competition as Galactic Aviation to design a spaceport in cis-lunar space. They only had 4 hours in which to complete the project and the standard of design was extremely high. They were up against another team with an equally detailed and impressive presentation, but certain factors in their design, such as reverse osmosis, ensured that they came out as the winners.

The team is  pictured below with their certificates.

Micro winning team Galactic [27872]

Summer Schools

Imperial College Global Summer School 2015


The UK Space Design competition usually concludes in March when a team is chosen to represent the country at the International Competition in the US. This year, however, the competition’s project brief was used as part of the Imperial Global Summer School. This is a scheme set up to widen interest in industry simulations, with students from all over the world attending Imperial College to take part in a two week course in either July or August.

Experienced volunteers and past participants of the UKSDC came to help the students on their proposals, sharing their experience from having worked on similar projects themselves as part of the competition. Trisha Saxena from Nonsuch High School for Girls, one of 12 winning students from Imperial’s March SDC Finals, represented the UK at  the International Space Design Competition held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and who is now a first year student in Physics at Imperial College, said  “The summer school is the perfect way to introduce students to working in a real industry, and what makes it even more exciting is that the students are fully in charge of their work, electing leaders and heads of department from within their team. The experience they gained while on the course will be indispensable in the future.”

The Global Summer School will be running again next summer, with the UKSDC providing an exciting futuristic space settlement project for the students attending Imperial College.