The Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition was introduced in December 2004 at the American Center, New Delhi, India.
It all started with the first team from India to qualify for the International Space Settlement Design Competition in July 2004. The competition was a high-intensity challenge, which fascinated the (participating) students. Above all, this competition changed the very learning process, that we had followed from childhood.
Now, instead of having a teacher lecture the students, there were students all around teachers doing their own research (on space settlements and terra forming other planets) and sharing it with the teacher and introducing innovative changes to the research. The competition opened up new horizons to explore.
We noticed, that there was only one team from India, to have ever qualified to the finals of the International Space Settlement Design; and it was our team, and the remaining finalist teams were from America. It was proposed to the International Organisers, Anita Gale and Richard Edwards, that we could organise the Asian Semi-finals for them in India, which will ensure that at least, one team from Asia is able to go to the finals every year – making this amazing experience available to students across Asia, and more importantly across India.
Anita and Richard showed great faith in us and we were given a chance to organise the semi-finals. With less than 5 months of preparation, we hosted the first Asian Semi-finals in December 2004 at the American Center, New Delhi with participation of more than 50 schools from all over Asia and support of companies like Boeing, Samtel and government agencies like Indian Air Force, Dept. of Science & Technology and CSIR.
Now, in its seventeenth year, and we have had two to three teams representing Asia every year at the International Finals in July from 2005 to 2019; and we are now in the fourth year of the Indian Nationals.