Space Settlement Design Contest 2009 Results


This year we received 309 submissions from 875 students sponsored by 96 teachers. Entries came from Bulgaria, Canada, China, Dubai, UAE, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uruguay. U.S. entries were received from 8 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York and Utah.

Important: All contestants, their families, and teachers are invited to attend the International Space Development Conference (ISDC - If you are a contestant and plan to attend ISDC, please contact to determine if you will give an oral presentation of poster.


Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winning submissions for 2009 went to Eric Yam, Pooja Bhattacharya and Swastika Bhattacharya.

AstenEric is a student of Ms. Gillian Evans at Northern Secondary School in Toronto Canada. His project was named ASTEN [PDF file 12 MB] (image on right).

Pooja Bhattacharya and Swastika Bhattacharya were instructed by Ms. Gishree Nanda of St. Xavier's High School in Orissa India. ODISA: Orissan Design Inspired Systems and Aerovehicles was the title of their submission.

Note: for the rest of the prizes there were individual, team (consisting of 2-6 students) and large group awards for two groups: 6-9th grade and 10-12th grade. Team names are listed by submission.

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Honorable Mention:


These teachers involved their classes in the contest:


Special thanks to Ruth Globus and Wenonah Vercoutere at NASA Ames Research Center for supporting this educational activity.

Special Thanks to the Contractors Council and San Jose State University Foundation at NASA Ames Research Center for supporting this eduational activity.

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