Author: Jenny Lyons

2015 Competition

UK Team for ISSDC

A huge thank you to all the teams and their attending adults at the ISSDC last weekend. The following members of the winning team have been selected to go forward to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Center at the end of July:

Lucy Stock

Freddie Skerrett

Amro Fadel

Mitras Stainsbury

James Hayes

Sophie Bata-Madden

Jonah McDonald

Liam Donnelly

Charlie Horn

Louis Ayin-Walsh

Nathan Smith

Madhav Thota


     First Reserve                              William File

     Second Reserve                          Sophie Koziell-Pipe

Third Reserve                             Tavishi Prasad

Fourth Reserve                           Caitlin Gallagher


UK students for EU team (n.b. these places are independent of the UK team and are self funded) 


  •     Hector Cross
  •     Stanislav Pikovsky


  1. Flora Nicholls
  2. William Istance
  3. Leo Carey Read
  4. Otis Laundon



  •      Markus Emmott
  •     Jamie Matthews


  1.      Mia Wyndham
  2.      Poppy McPeake


  1. Ellie Abel
  2. Finn Ractliffe


(Reserves to follow…….!)





2020 UKSDC

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.



2019 UKSDC

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

2019 UKSDC

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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