CASSANDRAS Space Settlement
12 of our students of Grades 8 and 9 have submitted the attached proposal to qualify for the Indian National Space Settlement Design Competition. This competition leads to the Asian Semi-finals for the ‘International Space Settlement Design Competition’ held every year in July at the NASA's Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. In this competition, the students are put in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers, designing a settlement in space that will be home for about 9,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, teamwork and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in designing a Space Settlement. This year the Competition Organisers from NASA and Boeing have developed a challenge which requires the students to design 'CASSANDRAS' which will be the first fusion-propelled space settlement, which will serve as a “space cruise liner” enabling 80-day transits between Earth and Mars. Our students have created the attached 40-page report that addresses the issues and communicates their ideas and designs.