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.

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ISSDC Day 4 – 29/7

Assassination in Celebration

A landmark in the town of Celebration, Florida

Today, we went to the town of Celebration – created by Walt Disney as the ideal ‘American town’. This was a really useful experience for the competition itself, as it provided an opportunity to get a feel for the type of settlement we might be designing. It was also very interesting due to a game of ‘Assassin’ which we attempted to play – and never finished.

We then arrived back to the hotel to meet our company members (whilst waiting hours to check into our rooms – much to Louis and Helen’s dismay and despair). In this time, we began to get to know our team members ready for the competition tomorrow.

The UK team is in Rockdonnell with American, Chinese, Pakistani and Indian teams.

The Western Europe team is in Grumbo with American, Indian, Welsh, and Uruguayan teams.

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ISSDC Day 3 – 28/7

After a very early start, we went to Port Canaveral Jetty Park, to watch the Atlas 5 NROL 61 launch (which many of us almost missed, as we were in the sea.)

We then chilled on the beach all day – with some students going on an hours run!?! In 36 degree Celsius heat?!?

Having returned to the hotel, we lounged in the pool – playing water polo with numerous injuries including cramp – whilst other teams began to trickle in.

We finished the day with a trip to Cracker Barrel (with exceptional customer service, and healthy portion sizes), which we followed with more card games, ready to check out of our rooms by 7 tomorrow morning, ready for the room changes for the competition.

The UK and EU teams on the beach at Jetty Park

The UK and EU teams on the beach at Jetty Park

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ISSDC Day 2 – 27/6

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. – Plato

Today, we went shopping all day.


Key highlights included a 2-hour game of Mao, a failed game of Sardines, and the life-changing experience of Victoria’s Secret. We learnt a lot about the incredible sales-tactics in America, including humiliation over a build-a-bear minion, buffing men’s nails, “HELLO” as soon as you enter, and not including tax into ANY prices.

We then went to Walmart – which was a very surreal experience. With items ranging from shotguns (£200), opposite the life-vests, to pet food and ramen. It would have been extremely easy to get lost within the never-ending aisles.

To finish the day off, some people went swimming, and we played card games, ready for a very early 6:30 (am) leave from the hotel in the morning.