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2018/19 Australian Space Design Competition Finalists Announced

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Space Design Competitions Australia (SDCA) has announced the Finalists of the 2018/19Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC).

During Terms 2 and 3 more than twenty schools participated in the Qualifying Competition, which saw participants–high school students from Grades 9 to 12 – form fictional aerospace engineering firms, and respond to a detailed Request For Tender(RFT).

Working in teams of up to twelve, they used the fictional, futuristic scenario set in 2068 to design a space settlement on the Jovian moon of Europa. Their final submissions consisted of an engineering proposal of up to forty pages.

Ten schools that have been selected as Finalists (alphabetical order):

  • Catherine McCauley Westmead & Parramatta Marist High School
  • Padua College
  • Patrician Brothers’ College Bankstown
  • Perth Modern School
  • Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus (Team 1)
  • Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus (Team 2)
  • Sheldon College
  • St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School
  • St Laurence’s College
  • St Patrick’s College

These Finalists schools now have the opportunity to compete at the ASDC Finals, to be held on the 19th and 20th of January 2019, at the University of Queensland (St Lucia campus). Joined by a number of Special Participant teams, over the course of the weekend participants will design a different, futuristic space settlement, presenting their business and engineering case before a panel of expert judges on Sunday evening.

As a Regional Finals competition of the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC –, the champion of the ASDC competition will gain pre- selection as one of eight finalists at the International Finals, travelling to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA in July 2019 to compete against global finalists from around the world.

SDCA has a number of Special Participant positions available for interested schools. Students joining the ASDC Finals as Special Participants share exactly the same experience as Finalists, including:

  • Work on the same space design scenarios;
  • Networking with industry mentors, advisors present, as well as their peers;
  • Having the same opportunities to present their final pitch before the judging

Special Participant positions are strictly limited, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in your school participating as a Special Participant, please contact SDCA directly:


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