UK Space Design Competition March 14-15, 2020 UK National…

The UKSDC finals will be held at Imperial College London on the weekend of 14 -15th of March 2020 – congratulations to all the qualifying teams – we look forwarding to welcoming you!

Information will be sent to the named supervisor for your team – please contact for any further details you may require.



Team selected from the winning competition to represent the…

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in July

Jan Apolin – Bedes

Maria Uringa – Waid Academy

Finn Ractliffe – Bedes

Rory Hamilton – Waid Academy

Eve Bracken-Ingram –  Waid Academy

Shubhangi Mehta – Henrietta Barnett

Harry Alcock – Dulwich College

Vishaan Khanna – Dulwich College

Jackson Lam – Dulwich College

Tim Scott-Rutt – Bedes

Lauren Chong  – Henrietta Barnet

Daisy Penn-Ripley – Waid Academy

1 Sam Leonard – Bedes

2 Timothy Moulding – Dulwich College

3 Payal Shah – Henrietta Barnet

The following students have been chosen to represent the EU team – their places are subject to securing their own funding.


1 Saffron Zainchokovaskaya
2 Charlie Warrington –


1  Claudia Rogers
2  Angelina Palmer


1 Poppy McPeake

2 Naomi Ogunkola


1 Charles Davies

2 Rebecca Pilcher


1 Freddie Skerrett

2 James Hayes


1 Shaun Sanu

2 William Laver


1 Bartholemew Wardell

2 Joe Lathan


1 Karim Awad

2 Alexandra Neagu

UK Space Design Competition 2019 Winning Company

A team of students have just been crowned the winners of the 2019 UK Space Design Competition, following a busy weekend (16-17th March) of designing at Imperial College London.

This year’s competition saw 250 young people, aged 15 to 18, from all over the UK take on the challenge of designing a space settlement in orbit around the Earth-Luna L5 libration point, with the added twist that they had to imagine themselves in the year 2054! All the students had previously won either a regional or video competition and so some of the UK’s best and brightest were split into companies and put under pressure to produce a design during two days of competition.

Working in companies of 50, the students combined their scientific knowledge, creativity, intuition and research skills to create a design fulfilling an industry style Request For Proposal (RFP). The RFP is a detailed specification set by the judges explaining what they are looking for. At the end of the design time, companies then had to present their proposals to the judges and other companies,  followed by a gruelling session of questioning.

Every year, the judges are impressed by the wealth of technological understanding and innovation that students present; ideas that could one day be applied in the UK space industry.

From the winning team of the national competition, 12 will then be invited to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA Kennedy Space.

Organiser Dr Randall Perry said: “It’s been a fantastic weekend of innovation and excellence. We’ve had it all this weekend; from advanced robotics to porta-loo escape pods – it truly has been a fun weekend. Ultimately, there can only be one winner and the team that did win displayed ideas that not only met the specification, but also were innovative. I wish the 12 that get selected to represent the UK at NASA the best of luck.”

The president of the winning company, Jan Apolin, 18, from East Sussex, said: “I kind of don’t believe what’s happening but now I’ve finally won I’m so happy. I’ve been a part of this competition for 2 years and to finally win the national finals is great. It would be an honour to represent the UK and I want to thank all of my team for their hard work. Now I’ve got to go and find my voice! I’ve never screamed with happiness so much!”

The international competition follows a similar format but sees the students working with others from all around the globe for three days to produce an even more detailed design.

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International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC)

Calling all reserves from the UK SDC Finals!

The ISSDC has extended an invitation to an extra team of eight students from the UK. We would initially like to offer places to the reserves from the winning company, Dougeldyne-Flechtel, and then to anyone else in that company. Any reserves from other teams are also welcome to apply. Due to funding constraints, these places will have to be self funded, and flights are likely to be in the region of £1,100. Additionally there will be accommodation, food and transportation to be covered.

The teams are travelling out on the 25th of July and return on the 2nd of August. 

If you think you are in a position to take up this offer, please email me.

Places are offered on a first come basis



NASA team announcement

International Space Settlement Design Competition

The following students will represent the UK in the International Finals at the Kennedy Space Center the last weekend of July, 2017.

  • Aalia Adam                      Henrietta Barnett
  • Karolina Bentkowski        Westminster Academy
  • Zara Burton                      Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • Stephen Darby                Sutton Grammar School
  • Euan Donovan-Hill          Sutton Grammar School
  • Tom Gale                         Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • Shri Lekkala                    Westminster School
  • Hein Mante                     Westminster School
  • Liam Macdonald             Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • Freddie  Poser                Westminster School
  • Cian Parr                         SPS  Science Club
  • Alex Radford                   Westminster School
  • Reserves:
  • (i) Owen Hutchings (Riddlesdown Collegiate)
  • (ii)  Sushanth Kollurur (Sutton Grammar School)