Welcome! to the Twentieth Asian semifinal & the Seventh Indian National (2023-24)

Year 2049

This year the Foundation Society is asking contractors to propose the design, development, construction, and operations planning of the third large space settlement community in Earth orbit.

This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people.

Each year the Competition organizers develop a new design concept with its own special requirements. Contest teams work together to create a 40-page report (see samples from index) that addresses the issues and communicates their ideas and designs.

ATTENTION: Given the continued situation with COVID-19 pandemic, we may have virtual live events. As we get closer to the event, more details will be made available to the qualified teams.

The prize: Sixteen finalist teams from around the world are selected to compete with a new scenario in a live Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with real engineers sharing their knowledge and experience in both engineering and management.

Teams Qualified for ISSDC 2023

  • Asia / India Semi-Final winning Team – The Doon School, Dehradun
  • Asia / Non-India Semi-Final winning Team – The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University— Stochastic
  • Asian Semifinal Invited Team – Lahore Grammar School, 55 Main, Lahore
  • International QR Qualifier – Amity International School, Noida, India
  • International QR Qualifier – Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata, India

Chinese National Competition

Due to contract violations, and lack of transparency and honesty on part of ITCCC, and despite several warnings and opportunities to correct their action, it has been decided that ITCCC will no longer be a part of the ISSDC family.


Spacesky Era(Guangzhou) Technology Co., Ltd, is the new organisation authorized to offer the Chinese National Space Settlement Design Competition, and to bring students to the Asian Semifinals, and eventually to the International Finals.

Teams from Pakistan

To enable teams from Pakistan to participate in the Space Settlement Design Competitions, this year, school teams from Pakistan can qualify to the Chinese Competition through the Asian qualifying round.


Teams from Pakistan should register for the qualifying round. More information will be shared with registered teams. Interested teams should contact Mr. Khalil Akhtar at bosaal@yahoo.com for registration guidelines and support.

This competition focuses on taking you through 40 years of legacy and an educational product that is developed entirely by engineers. Unlike most educators, we believe that young high school students can learn almost anything given the right tools.

And this tool by far is the best for teaching you Management skills and real-time industry skills that most people spend decades to learn in the industry while on the job.

You need not be a whiz-kid, academically very successful or brilliant in physics and mathematics to do well in this competition. The focus of the competition is to discover the hunger in you to learn
and excel.This is a real team building exercise and according to most participants it is the most rewarding experience

Just as in industry, competing teams submit designs in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP), which describes exactly what the customer wants to see in the design.

Qualifying Competition teams may be of any size (from a few to many dozen). The 25 teams that qualify for the Indian Nationals or the Asian Semifinals and the 20 teams that qualify for the Finalist Competition will be limited to 12 high school students each, with two adult advisors. Teams are advised to select members with diverse experiences and/or interests; successful designs balance structural integrity, operating efficiency, use of computers and robotics, and pleasant living conditions. Prior Competitions have shown that it will also be helpful to have at least one good artist and/or one good writer on your team.

The teams are responsible for arranging their own round trip to Om Shanti Retreat Center, Manesar, Haryana, India along with subsidized boarding and lodging costs. And likewise the Finalist teams are responsible for arranging their own round trip transportation to Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The basic products, vehicles, and structures described for this competition are technically possible within the timeframes indicated. They do, however, represent ambitious technical, economic, and political commitments. Some will never happen, some will. Some are projects that Design Competition participants who become engineers will work on during their careers. The company Northdonning Heedwell, including its product line and history, is based on a composite of real corporations, projected into the future. There is no such organization as the Foundation Society. The described efforts by the Foundation Society to foster commercial space infrastructure development could, however, be accomplished by other existing organizations.

Your proposal will be judged by engineers from NASA, Boeing, ISRO and other industry leaders. They have experience in the aerospace industry and are familiar with the current state of the art, so please base your design on reasonable interpretations of the level of existing technology defined here, the laws of Physics, and common sense.

This competition takes place in a simulated future year (see the RFP for exact dates). Technological advancements beyond the current state of the art have accrued. The contents of these links describe technologies the judges will accept in your design. Any other technologies assumed in your design must be fully justified (for example, if you plan to use `warp drive’, you must explain how it is constructed).

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A (perpetual) rolling trophy made of a meteorite

Camp del Cielo Iron Meteorite Unearthed: Gran Chaco Gualamba, Chaco, Argentina Iron: Octahedrite, coarse (3mm), Type IA Found: 1572 Iraon (IA) coarse Octahedrite with silicate inclusions. This meteorite was first discovered in 1572 by Spanish explorers in Chaco, Argentina. Thousands of pieces have been found near some impact craters, the largest weighing over 33 tonnes. This piece is from a new find, miles from the original field. It was unearthed from closed forest, having been buried several feet underground.

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ARSSDC Timeline

  • April 14, 2023

    All Asian Teams can register for the Qualifying Round.

    ** Chinese Teams should register with the Chinese National Qualifying Round at www.chissdc.net

  • April 15, 2023

    Request for Proposal (RFP) is released to registered teams!

  • October 15, 2023

    Registration deadline for Qualifying Round for all Asian Teams

  • October 31, 2023 (11:59pm IST)

    Qualifying Round Submission Deadline for all Asian Teams

  • November 15, 2023

    Results of Qualifying Round

  • January 5 - 8, 2023

    Indian National Space Settlement Design Competition

  • February 2024

    Asian Semifinals (Live + Virtual)