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Singapore Space Challenge 2021
Challenge Statement:

Design a rover model capable of carrying out excavation and/or In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) missions on the moon

Humans have been actively trying to extend our boundaries when it comes to space exploration by going deeper into space with longer duration missions. These missions last weeks, months and even years. Furthermore, as the duration of the mission increases, it becomes increasingly important for us to utilise the vast amount of resources found throughout the mission as resupplying essentials are expensive and relying exclusively on them may put crews at risk.

Therefore, the need for robots that can assist or carry out research and exploration tasks on these missions are essential for prolonged space exploration and will eventually help us live on extra-terrestrial surfaces. We see a growing interest in the industry to go to the moon. A lunar investment is also an investment in our future: it will create new jobs, help improve life here on Earth, and inspire a new generation and encourage careers in STEM.

Singapore Space Challenge

An international annual challenge since 2007

The SSC is an annual technical design competition held for youths from 15 – 25 years old. It challenges youths to design complex space-related and advanced- technology projects that are largely graded on creative engineering. SSC captures the imagination of the youth and directs their creative enthusiasm towards developing innovative science and engineering solutions across many fields. The challenge is held annually and is organised by the Singapore Space & Technology Ltd. It has grown in prominence and ability to attract the best brains to participate.

Working in teams to solve problems developed closely with the industry, participants derive theoretical models, design prototypes, and create simulations of their creative solutions. Final entries are reviewed and judged by esteemed technical leaders from around the world, in their respective fields.


  • Inspire interest among youth and encourage participation in space-related activities
  • Ignite and fuel the younger gerneration's interest in STEM through SSC's exciting and out-of-this-world projects
  • Educate the public on the applications and benefits of space technology in our everyday lives
  • Encourage creative engineering concepts to further innovation and advancements in space and non-space environment
  • Provide a platform where students, academia and the industry can interact to discuss and align technical concerns and research areas and projects


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


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.

Presentation (Mandatory)

  • For the judges to better assess the concept, students must submit a video recording (less than 5 minutes) of themselves presenting their report and explaining their project to the judges.

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.


Participants stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: S$10,000
  • Merit Awards: S$500
  • Most Creative Award: S$500
  • Community Choice Award S$500


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  • Rules and Regulations

Past edition:
Singapore Space Challenge 2020

Design a satellite or satellite system of not more than 5 satellites that can be used to de-orbit space debris

Mr Cheong Chee Hoo Chief Executive Officer DSO National Laboratories Sir Martin Sweeting Founder & Executive Chairman Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Mr Nobu Okada Founder & CEO Astroscale Holdings Inc.

Grand Prize Winner

Starfleet Command


Merit Prize Winners

Vacuum Cleaners

Temasek Polytechnic


Nanyang Technological University


Universite Toulose III – Paul Sabatier 

ILOA Most Creative Award Winner


Singapore University of Technology & Design

Community Choice Award Winner


PES University 

  • Singapore in Space: Glimpses & Reflections
  • A Conversation with Ms Simonetta di Pippo
  • A Conversation with Mr Cheong Chee hoo
  • STK Workshop
  • ST Engineering Facility Visit
  • Meet the Experts

To be updated

Past Sponsors and Supporting Organisations

  • Rules and Regulations


Registration closes on (To Be Announced)

Team size is fixed at 4 members in each team.

Yes, this competition is open to both local and international students.

Total registration fee is SGD60 per team (4 participants).

We only accept payment via Bank Transfer, Cheque, or Paypal. Please state your invoice number and team name in the remarks.

Teams are not required to visit Singapore to complete the challenge. Submission of mandatory deliverable (mission report, video presentation and computer simulation) are to be done online via email. However, 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. SSTL will be happy to provide assistance and advice.

Participating students should be between the ages of 15 – 25 years old in 2021.

Please submit the final electronic report via email latest by (To Be Announced)

It is made up of four categories:

  • Technical Characteristics (30%)
  • Creativity (30%)
  • Concept Relevance (20%)
  • Entry Submission – Presentation (10%) & Report (10%)

Team(s) in Singapore

Bonus points are earned through attending industry visits and/or mentor workshops etc. More details will be provided later.

Teams located overseas

Overseas teams who are unable to attend the industry visits etc will have the opportunity to earn bonus points by sourcing for their own industry/technical experts (either from their own country or overseas).

The team will be required to complete a worksheet based on their Meet-the-Expert session, and submit it along with photos/screenshots of the session to us via email. 

Mission report must not exceed 50 pages (excluding annexes and supporting information).

The combined file size should not exceed 2GB.

This is an award given to the team that gives the best live presentation on stage to a closed-door panel of judges.

An email will be sent out to participants after the complete submission of key deliverable (i.e. mission report, presentation video, simulation video) to invite participation for this award.As we have limited slots available, it will be selected by first-come-first-serve basis.

Past Editions


Asia is regularly hit by typhoons (also known as hurricanes or tropical cyclones) during the monsoon season. These storms often result in flooding, deaths and the destruction of homes, roads, and other basic infrastructure. This year, participants are challenged to:

Develop an AI empowered application that can assist response teams in efficiently analysing satellite images of areas affected by typhoons.

GSTC Showcase

Sponsors & Supporting Organisations


In 2018 a hydroelectric dam under construction in Laos’s Champasak Province collapsed leading to widespread destruction and homelessness among the local population.

Participants were tasked to formulate innovative solutions with regards to communications or geolocation that could aid HADR relief efforts.

GSTC Showcase

Guest-Of-Honour Ms Indranee Rajah (Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education) together with Team Beluga (Winner), Team SudoX, Team AXIS and Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS), Maj Seloterio Euan Izmal (SCDF), Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus), Mr Jonathan Hung (SSTA), Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA), and Maj Eddie Siak (RHCC)

Airbus Facility Visit

Winners Team Beluga (Temasek Polytechnic) with Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus, Head of Defence and Space Southeast Asia) at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France

Pitching Session

Judges (from left) Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS); LTC Chew Keng Tok (SCDF); Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus); MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC); Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA)

In the News

Team Beluga and their winning solution, The SOS Phone, featured in Lianhe Zaobao. Click here to read the article.

Sponsors & Supporting Organisations

Interview with Team Beluga

1. Throughout the course of the HADR challenge, what was your biggest takeaway? 

Jonathan: The biggest takeaway was being able to expose me with satellite technology like the Airbus Zephyr. Upon knowing the capability of this satellite, and utilizing knowledge gained from challenges, we were able to implement features on our HADR product.

Hana: My biggest take away was the experience to take part in a space convention and being able to interact with business people and people who are passionate and interested in our ideas as well as having the opportunity to visit Airbus Toulouse.

2. Would you say that the HADR challenge provides a good opportunity for exposure to the possibilities of satellite technology? If yes, how so? 

Jonathan: Definitely, this challenge provided me with knowledge of the satellite that I am required to work on for the challenge. It also exposed me to thinking about how satellite technology not only can be used to improve the way of living but also saving lives in times of disaster. Some people might think space technology doesn’t really benefits us on earth, but in fact that space technology evolve in our day to day life from internet to detection of an impending disaster.

Hana: Yes, as we needed to do some deep research on the Airbus Zephyr in order to propose our solution to meet the standards of the “drone satellite” which made us think about the factors to elimate or add into our product to help rescue people in need during a disaster.

3. Who/What would you say is the most interesting person/encounter you met, from your trip to Airbus?

Jonathan: The most interesting encounter I had on the trip was the culture in Airbus, Toulouse. The culture in Airbus-Toulouse due to the many nationalities working under one roof. Embracing different cultures and seeing how it works in the union to make such a great company environment and spirit.

Hana: Everyone there. Each one of them has so much passion and goodwill for the love of space and their satellites. We were able to ask lots of questions even if they were not working in that particular field and we were still able to recieve very detailed and elaborated answers.

4. How has this experience benefited you? 

Jonathan: The experience throughout the HADR challenge has benefited me in many ways. It allowed me to revisit the knowledge I have harnessed in school as well as from my research on satellite technology. It allowed me to have a deeper understanding of satellite technology and how it benefits us in many different ways.

Hana: I was given a wonderful opportunity to experience, learn and understand something that only comes once in a lifetime and I am very grateful for that.

5. Would you encourage others to join this programme? Why?

Jonathan: I would definitely encourage those who love to challenge themselves and are willing to immerse themselves in the beauty of satellite technology. Through this challenge, you will definitely have a deeper understanding of satellite technology as well as the needs of innovation HADR product. You don’t just learn the concept but applying it in real-life situations.

Hana: Yes, I believe everyone can learn and grow by facing some challenges and finding a solution to solve it. Along the way you may find some unexpected findings. It doesn’t hurt to try, who knows maybe one day you can come up with a revolutionary idea that could change and benefit the world.

GSTC Showcase

HADR Winners Julian Kang, Goh Qian Zhe and Pan Zi Yue with MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC), Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA), Prof Lui Pao Chuen (National Research Foundation, SSTA), Mr Johan Pelissier (Airbus), Guest-Of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling (Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development), Mr Jonathan Hung (SSTA), SLTC Lim Kok Kheng (RHCC), Mr Terence Chan (SSTA), Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus)

Airbus Facility Visit

Winners  Julian Kang, Pan Zi Yue and Goh Qian Zhe visiting the Airbus Facility in Toulouse, France

Pitching Session

Judges (from left) Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS); LTC Chew Keng Tok (SCDF); Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus); MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC); Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA)

In the News

Winners Pan Zi Yue, Goh Qian Zhe and Julian Kang featured in the Straits Times. Click here to read the article.

Sponsors & Supporting Organisations


1.Entries may be submitted as an individual or group effort. For entries of group effort, only a maximum of 3 group members are allowed.

2.Participants must submit an online registration form to participate in the HADR CHALLENGE 2021.

3.Each group must submit a report not more than 10 pages, typewritten with Arial font size 11 with all pages numbered. A video presentation (no more than 5 mins) will also need to be submitted together with the proposal.

4.All solutions submitted must fulfill the following criteria to be considered:

5.If you wish to submit your entries, email to

6.By submitting the entries, you grant SSTL and the sponsoring companies permission to display, copy, combine, compile, distribute and disseminate your entry as needed to support the HADR CHALLENGE 2021. Entries will not be accepted if they include:

    1. Threatening, slanderous or obscene language
    2. Personal attacks
    3. Discriminatory language (include hate speech) based on race, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability
    4. Sexually explicit material or other material that would violate the law
    5. Material that promotes commercial services or product
    6. Proprietary information that you do not hold the right to make public
    7. Personally Identifiable Information (e.g., social security numbers, postal and email addresses, phone numbers)
    8. Entries submitted to which the submitter will retain the rights participants have in the copyright and other intellectual property rights comprising the competition entry but, participants grant SSTL and the sponsoring companies free of charge to republish the competition entries.

7.Entries which do not comply with any of the competition rules will be disqualified.

8.The entries will be assessed in confidence by an independent panel of judges. No appeals will be entertained.

9.SSTL will notify the shortlisted teams via email. If the teams cannot be contacted by SSTL, or does not respond within one calendar days from the time SSTL sends its notification, SSTL may decide to award the prize for the challenge to the other participant(s).

10.The HADR CHALLENGE has a strict policy regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism includes using text, information or ideas from other works with proper citation. Any cases of alleged plagiarism will be promptly investigated. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that all his sources are properly cited using the correct format.

11.For further information, please contact us through email at or


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