Space Craft Competition
The KSF Space is excited to announce its first Space Design Competition; the competition will begin in 2018 and participants will have until Nov. 2019 to complete the competition. KSF Space is a multi-faceted nonprofit company that has multiple services for space applications; including launch services, world’s first NEP Certification, academic research and development opportunities, SmallSat development and fabrication consulting services,and so forth.
This competition will be an excellent opportunity for universities (graduate and undergraduate students), start-up companies and any other competitors to get a real-world application from design to mission analysis, development, testing, and proof of concepts for a space mission. Also, once thecompetitioncomplete’s, competitors will have a proposal and presentation to prepare and share at the celebration ceremony to explain in detail their process from start to finish and why their work should be awarded first place.
There are three different topics for this competition:
Space Transportation Competition
Space Transportation- Students will design a spacecraft that will transport supplies or astronauts through deep space and onto other planets in our solar system. Also, return to Earth.
Space Design Competition
Lunar Transport- Students will design a Spacecraft that will provide transport to and from the Lunar surface safely for Astronauts beginning lunar missions soon. Also, return to Earth.
Structures Design Competition
(Graduate Team Structures)
Asteroid Mining Spacecraft- Graduate students will design a spacecraft that will venture into the asteroid belt/solar system and collect materials from asteroids and demonstrate ways of extracting and transporting the materials extracted from them. Also, return to Earth.
Teams will design a satellite/spacecraft to orbit either Mars or Venus for remote sensing and data collection. The team will be responsible for designing payload and bus and essential components for data collecting and also sensing spacecraft must be able to transmit and receive data and return to Earth.
All students and companies are eligible and encouraged to participate. Team competitions will be groups of no more than ten in each entry/application. Individual competitions consist of only one student member per entry.
Designs submitted must be the work of the students, but guidance may come from the Faculty/Project Advisor and should be accurately acknowledged.Also, include references and sources.
Design projects used as part of an organized classroom requirement are encouraged for competition. (Testing equipment/software and hardware)
Students may submit more than one design at any time from one school.
The basis for Judging:
Technical (35 points)
Technicality is based on the correctness of theory/concept, validation of reasoning, understanding, and grasp of the subject, and so forth. Are all significant factors considered and reasonably accurate evaluation of these factors presented?
Practical Application and Feasibility (25 points)
The proposal should present conclusions or recommendations that are feasible and practical, and not merely lead the evaluators into further difficult orunsolvable problems. Clarity of models (CAD, MatLab) also clarity and continuity of testing and evaluation.
Creativity/Originality (20 points)
The design proposal should avoid standard textbook information and should show independence of thinking or a fresh approach to the project. Does the method and treatment of the problem show imagination? Does the approach show an adaptation or creation of automated design tools?
Organization and Presentation (20 points)
The description of the design as an instrument of communication is a substantialfactor in judging. Organization of written design, clarity, and inclusion of pertinent information aresignificant factors. Also includes judgment on proposal and models and material or presentation.
All entries and competitors are subject to follow copyright rules and regulations and should avoid professionals doing work for them, instead usethem for consulting and as a source of guidance and insight.
TBD with KSF Space partners who will present awards either money or free course / free tour travel. + FREE NEP Book and NEP exam.