2014 Competition

Central England Regional Heat a success!

Last weekend, students from Riddlesdown Collegiate and Chipping Norton School competed to design the 4500 person Astram settlement in orbit around Mars.

Rockdonnell Corporation (Chipping Norton) had the innovative idea of building their settlement on the rocky moon Phobos, taking advantage of the natural resources it provided. Dougledyne Astosystems (Riddlesdown) went for a Space Odyssey-esque rotating station, and winning the event with their impressive composite radiation shielding, and detailed waste-processing systems.

Both teams performed fantastically, and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

Very many thanks to our team of volunteers, and to our hosts, the Earth Sciences department of the University of Oxford.


UKSDC featured in ‘A Global Village’ magazine

UKSDC was featured in the October issue of A Global Village, Imperial College’s publication on international affairs. Dr Fiona Larner, our Regional Organising Chair, wrote an article on ‘Designing Human Habitats in Space’ and the humanity’s future in the stars, which was accompanied by artwork taken from our students’ presentations.

You can read the article free online on the magazine’s website.

2014 Competition

Half Day Report

All the contestants are working really hard and some really cool ideas are coming up! I can’t wait to see the final presentations tonight and tomorrow!
Aeronautical Engineer & Judge

2014 Competition


Making lunch for 120 people is hard enough on Earth- our competitors have an even bigger challenge making it on Mercury!