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Space Settlement

Space Settlement

The MSSM InSciEd Team just won the East Coast and Canadian Space Elements Design Competition! This was a 22-hour challenge where our team had to develop a proposal for a lunar habitation, working around the clock to create a 50-slide presentation. There were seven students on our team which was part of a larger team of about 40-person team from around the country.

Our team really stepped up - Aaron Rose was the VP of Engineering, Elliot Dooley was VP of Marketing, Gabe Austin led Automation, Hadrian Ward and Steph Sweep handled Structural, and Charley Reischer was Director of Operations and Asher Labbe was also in Operations. Even though we had a smaller team than in past years, they pulled together and delivered an outstanding proposal.

The competition was fierce, but their innovative ideas, creative problem-solving, and tireless effort paid off. The team beat out the other East Coast/Canada teams and now some members of our MSSM team are invited to advance to the international competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida!

Each student brought some special talent to the team which really made the difference in the end. Asher's schematics in Solid Edge (CAD software by Siemens) were top-notch, Charlie's Blender skills wowed the judges, Aaron worked on blueprints and draft documents, Gabe focused on programming and networking, Steph had good drawings, and Elliot had a blast designing our company logo. This was an incredible learning experience, and we can't wait to see what we accomplish in the next round. Mr. Eugene Katsman, MSSM Engineering Teacher and team advisor, shared that he saw, "a good bit of cross pollination between the engineering class and what the team did in this competition."

Huge thanks to Mr. Katsman for advising us - your guidance was invaluable. Onward to Florida!

The Industry Simulation Education (InSciEd) organizes space settlement design competitions set in the future when private companies are leading interplanetary colonization. Students form fictional aerospace firms to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from the fictional Foundation Society. Teams have a limited time to develop detailed design briefs outlining how they can meet the RFP requirements. Proposals are judged by industry professionals, with the winning team's company awarded the contract. To reach the prestigious International Space Settlement Design Competition finals at the Kennedy Space Center, teams must first compete in regional qualifying and final rounds. It's an immersive challenge testing students' engineering, business, and presentation skills. For more information,


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