Singapore Space Challenge (SSC) 2020

Singapore Space Challenge (SSC) 2020

TOPIC: SPACE DEBRIS

Space debris widely refers to all non-functional, human-made objects, including fragments and elements thereof, in Earth orbit or re-entering into Earth’s atmosphere. According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. These objects usually slowly make their way back to earth after a few years, but debris trapped in higher orbits can remain for more than a century. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris such as tiny paint flecks to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.

As the amount of space debris increases, so does the risk of in-space collisions, explosions, and the negligent creation of more debris. Eventually, this will obstruct future space missions and the most useful and economically vital orbital pathways around Earth will become totally unusable.

Challenge Statement

Design a satellite concept of not more than five satellites (servicer) that can be used to deorbit space debris.

Prizes

Participants stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: S$10,000
  • Merit Prize: S$500
  • Most Creative Award: S$500
  • Community Choice Award S$1,000
    Participants can sign up for the Community Choice closed-door pitching session at a later date. Follow us on our social media to be kept up-to-date!
  • Best Mentor Award
    Teams can nominate their mentors to qualify for this award.

Registration is now open

We look forward to your participation and may the best team win! Stay tuned and follow us on our social media for the latest updates.

Overseas Details

Overseas teams are not required to visit Singapore to complete the challenge and submission should be done via email. If teams would like to attend the award ceremony or participate in the Community Choice closed door pitching session, flights and accommodations will be at the team’s expense. However, SSTA will be happy to provide assistance and advice if needed.

Overseas teams have the opportunity earn bonus points by sourcing for their own industry/technical experts (either from their own country or overseas) and engaging them for a Meet-the-Experts session. During the session, teams are required to complete the following worksheet and submit it via email.

Criteria

Participating teams must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Participants to be between 15 – 25 years
  • Four participants per team
  • One registration per team (no individual registration)
  • Team members must have a valid email address

Deliverables Requirement

  1. Mission Report (Mandatory)
    • Completed and final entries must include a mission report not exceeding 50 pages (excluding annexes and supporting information) including all illustrations, graphics and schematics. A complete bibliography is required.
  2. Presentation (Mandatory)
    • For the judges to better assess the concept, students must submit a video recording (between 5 to 10 minutes) of themselves presenting their report and explaining their project to the judges.
  3. Computer Simulation (Mandatory)
    • Teams must produce a computer simulation video showing their proposed projects in action. The recommended length of the computer simulation is between 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Prototype (Optional)
    • Teams may consider constructing a prototype to visually illustrate the key aspects of their concept.