Australian Space Design Competition: Entries Close 10th October

Australian Space Design Competition
Entries Close 10th October, 2011 

Does designing the first large space settlement in orbit around Mercury sound like fun? Then the Australian Space Design Competition is for you.

The qualifying activity requires teams of students, or individuals, to prepare a 40 page response to a “Request for Proposal” (or tender) for a major infrastructure project in space, eg. a space station to house 40,000 people located in the asteroid belt off Mars. In preparing the response, students develop skills and experience in research, technical analysis, design, team work, report writing and project management.

The best 8 submissions are invited to the Australian Final in Brisbane each January. The final competition is a 2 day residential program at the University of Queensland where the 8 teams are paired into four companies to prepare their tender for a new space station. Rather than a 40 page report each team presents their proposal in a 30 minute presentation.

The winning team is then entitled to represent Australia at the Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition held each July at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas. At this competition students from America, India, England, South Africa, Canada and other locations meet and work together in a similar format to the Australian Finals.

Visit the Australian Space Design Competition website for more details and to download the 2011 Request for Proposal (RFP).

Deadline 10th October, 2011