Challenge Statement

INTERNATIONAL SPACE CHALLENGE (ISC) 2023

ISC 2023 Theme: Climate Change

Climate change is a threat to human well-being and the planet’s health, an urgent issue that the world is trying to address.

Space-based technologies and assets, such as remotely sensed data, can help enhance our understanding of water cycles, air quality, forests and other aspects of the natural environment. These tools provide valuable information on the state of our ecosystems, and allow us to take actionable steps toward conservation and sustainable development.

This year, we will invite our youths to take up the challenge and tackle this imminent threat facing our planet. Registration is now open!

ISC 2023 Challenge Statements

Starter Category

Use space assets to provide insights for business leaders to make sustainable decisions.

Advanced Category

Design a satellite mission to measure and monitor key climate change indicators. ​

What is the International Space Challenge?

An international annual challenge since 2007

The International Space Challenge (ISC) is one of the few platforms that connects young minds across the globe with industry experts, to nurture interest in space technology and its applications. It taps into the creativity of young minds to find new solutions and create a pathway for future commercialisation of these ideas. 

Started in 2007 as the Singapore Space Challenge (SSC), it was a national space design competition to challenge student teams to leverage space technology. Since then, it has become a landmark platform with global reach. The SSC rebranded as the International Space Challenge (ISC) in 2021 with the aim of increasing diversity and to generate more accreditation from global organisations. Over 2000 youths have come through the doors of the challenge, drawing interest from over 20 countries around the world. 

Held annually, the challenge calls for youths to work in teams to solve problems developed closely with the industry, derive theoretical models, design prototypes, and create simulations of their creative solutions. During the challenge, they hear from industry and subject matter experts, receive mentorship and gain access to technical tools to help them complete their proposal. Final entries are reviewed and judged by esteemed technical leaders from around the world. To date, youths have created solutions for ‘Designing a Lunar Rover’, ‘Solution for Space Debris’, ‘Design a satellite system for disaster mapping’ just to name a few. 

Testimonials

Mr Cheong Chee Hoo

Chief Executive Officer, ​ DSO National Laboratories


The learning and mastery of engineering does not happen overnight. Through various settings and experiences, we can better appreciate the challenges of this field. The Singapore Space Challenge is a stimulating platform that provides the participants with the opportunities to learn outside the classroom and meet with space experts locally and globally.

Ramana Sabapathy​

SSC 2021 Distinction Winner Satellite Engineer at ST Engineering


The International Space Challenge provided a platform for me to interact with fellow space enthusiasts, and learn from experts in the field. I was able to put theoretical knowledge into practical use and learned more about multi-disciplinary design and engineering. Ultimately, this invaluable experience helped hone the skills needed for me to follow my passion and enter the space industry.

Objectives

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

Schedule of ISC 2023

All dates are local Singapore Time (GMT+8).

4 May 22

Registration Opens

23 May 22

ISC 2023 Introductory Briefing #1

1 July 22

ISC 2023 Introductory Briefing #2

6 Aug 22

Registration Closes

12 Aug 22

Participants' Kick-off Webinar

Aug - Nov 22

Webinars, Workshops, & Meet-the-Expert Sessions

17 Dec 22

Networking Party

30 Dec 22

Project Submission Deadline

Jan 23

Grading by Experts & Judges

16 Feb 23

Youth Dialogue & Awards Ceremony

Criteria

Participating teams must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Four participants per team
  • All team members must provide a valid email address
  • (Starter Category) Participants are aged 13 – 18 years old as of 31 Dec 2022
  • (Open Category) Participants are aged 15 – 25 years old as of 31 Dec 2022

If you have yet to form a team of four members, you can submit your initial registration with the details of minimum one team member.

Deliverables

1. Project Proposal

  •  Recommended 10 pages max, in Times New Roman or Arial, Size 12, 1.5 spacing.
  • It is advised that the proposal contains the following; teams may choose to include more deliverables as they see fit:
    1. Background information on the solution they have come up with and the businesses/target audiences they intend to help.
    2. Type(s) of space asset they have chosen to use.
    3. A step-by-step explanation of how the solution works.
    4. Potential Challenges & Conclusion
    5. References

2. Scientific Poster

      • Teams are required to submit an executive summary of their proposal in the form of an A1 scientific poster (A1 size).

3. Video Presentation

      • For the judges to better assess the concept, students must submit a video recording (not exceeding 5 minutes) of themselves presenting their report and explaining their project to the judges.
1. Mission Report
  • Including but not limited to the scope of the mission, satellite design, instrumentation, data to be collected and re-entry procedures or otherwise, to prevent further space debris.
  • The mission report must be between 30 to 50 pages,in Times New Roman or Arial, font size 12, 1.5 spacing.
2. Video Presentation
  • For the judges to better assess the concept, students must submit a video recording (not exceeding 10 minutes) of themselves presenting their report and explaining their project to the judges.
3. A Graphic Simulation of the Mission (Optional)

Prizes

Starter Category

1-1
2-1

Advanced Category

3-1
4-1
5-1

Special Awards

7-1
8-1
6-1

A Look Back at ISC 2022

Theme: Space Weather

Whilst everyone is familiar and has experienced the challenges pertaining to the weather on Earth, there is also weather in space. Space weather can be as or even more fickle than “Earth weather”. Similar to weather on earth, the sun is also responsible for changes in space weather.

Coronal mass ejections from the sun cause immense magnetic storms which alter the space weather surrounding the Earth. The changes in space weather that occur in the near-earth environment can cause adverse effects to both space and ground based technological equipment.

Examples of Effects Caused by Space Weather

  • Aurora Borealis
  • Disruption in telecommunication
  • Loss of GPS
  • Surges in electrical grids
  • Radiation exposure to astronauts
  • Damage to spacecraft

Starter Category

For participants to be between 13 – 18 years old as of 31 Dec 2021

Design an experiment on board the Space Station to study the sun.

Open Category

For participants to be between 15 – 25 years old as of 31 Dec 2021

Design a satellite mission to gather key data so as to observe the changes, their causes and patterns in the Van Allen Belts.

Facilitators

Adhitya

Gillian

Sponsor and Supporting Organisations

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Benefits for our Sponsors:
  • Increase visibility for your organisation’s product and services via features on the digital marketing materials for the challenge.   
  • Anchor your company’s position amongst youths as a cutting-edge research and development organisation. 
  • Gain access to novel ideas and a highly engaged talent pool.
  • Stay relevant to the youths and bee seen as a pillar of innovation for the region’s future. 
For more details on our sponsorship packages, email Ms Gillian Chin at gillian.chin@spacefaculty.asia 

Past Sponsors and Supporting Organisations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ISC Starter Category is open to youth between the ages 13 – 18 years old.

ISC Advanced Category is open to youth between the ages 15 – 25 years old. As long as you are within these ages as of 31 December 2022, you will be able to join, regardless of whether your birthday falls after the registration date.

Team size is fixed at 4 members in each team.

To form a team of 4, you can connect with other participants on the Space Faculty Discord server (https://discord.gg/f7JBTS7rMZ)

and/or receive updates on ISC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSpaceChallenge)

Yes. In the registration form, under the field “Schools/Institutions”, indicate “Independent”.

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

Of course! We welcome students from all backgrounds and encourage diversity.

Some of our previous teams had diverse participants which included business students that were able to provide great insights when it comes to financial analysis and projections.

Don’t worry about it being too challenging, it really is manageable because there will be guidance from the technical experts. You can also look for a teacher from your school as a mentor if you need extra guidance.

We do also occasionally share materials relating to ISC topic on our ISC Facebook Page:

(https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSpaceChallenge)  so you can follow us there as well.

A Gmail account is not compulsory, you can use any email handler as long as it can receive and send out emails.

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 deliverables are to be done online via a submission site which will be shared with participants closer to the date. However, if teams would like to attend the Awards Ceremony or participate in any in-person events, flights and accommodations will be at the team’s expense. Space Faculty will be happy to provide assistance and advice.

We will be sending out a Google Drive folder for each team to upload their projects when the submission deadline is approaching. The submission deadline is on 30 Dec 2022, 2359H (GMT+8).

Do note that late submissions will be penalized and you will only need to submit the Final Report. However, if you want your mentor or expert to look though a preliminary report, you can do so at your discretion.

Starter Category
25% – Technical Characteristics
30% – Creativity
15% – Effort towards Scientific Knowledge
15% – Scientific Poster
10% – Entry Submission (Presentation)
5% – Entry Submission (Report)

Advanced Category
30% – Technical Characteristics
30% – Creativity
15% – Concept Relevance
10% – Financial Report
10% – Entry Submission (Presentation)
5% – Entry Submission (Report)

Bonus Points
Attendance of workshops and seminars
Submission of computer simulation and/or mock-up

Most of the deadlines for ISC are in December which coincides with the school holidays, so students will have sufficient time to work on it.

We can put you in contact with our past participants so that you can get a better idea. Some of them will also be in Space Faculty Discord Server and will be more than happy to share about their experience

For Starter Category,

Mission report must not exceed 15 pages (including financial report e.g. financial analysis and projection, excluding annexes and supporting information)

For Open Category,

Mission report must not exceed 50 pages (including financial report e.g. financial analysis and projection, excluding annexes and supporting information)

It is not necessary to fill up all 15/50 pages – if you are able to present your ideas and project in less than 15/50 pages, the judges and technical experts will be happy with that as well.

The combined file size should not exceed 1GB.

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

Details of how it will be conducted will be shared on a later date pending travel restrictions and the global COVID situation. Check the website, be on ISC’s Discord, Facebook to stay updated!

An email will be sent out to participants after the complete submission of key deliverables to invite participation for this award. As we have limited slots available, it will be selected by a shortlist panel.

The results will be released at the annual Awards Ceremony. Stay tuned for announcements on when the Awards Ceremony will be held!

All participants with submitted projects will receive a certificate of participation.

Yes, you are more than welcomed to join the competition again! Join the next one too!

Yes you can but unfortunately no refunds for the registration fee will be made.

While the topic of ISC might seem intimidating, it really is not! There will be lots of guidance along the way and it really is a great learning opportunity so we encourage you to finish the competition once you have registered.

Past Editions: Singapore Space Challenge 2021

Design a rover model capable of carrying out excavation and/or In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) missions on the moon
  • Mr Cheong Chee Hoo, CEO, DSO National Laboratories
  • Mr Tim Linn, Chief System Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space System Company
  • Mr Tomotaka Takahashi, Founder & CEO, ROBO-GARAGE
  • Grand Prize Winner

    THE RANGE ROVERS (New Zealand)

    Distinction

    LUNA RECON (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)

    SEDS_LUNARBOT (Sri Lanka)

    Merit 

    HITCHHIKERS (Sastra University, India)

    MUNAR ROVER (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)

    NEXUS AURORA (Belgium, United States, Canada)

    Most Creative

    ARETHUSA (Australia)

    Best Video

    eXulan (Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, India)

    Best Mentor

    MR LIM TOU BOON (Mentor of HELIO-D4, Cambodia)

    Community Choice

    MERLUNAR (Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore)

    Women in STEM

    ASTEROIDS (Crescent Girls’ School, Singapore)

    BRONCO (Sri Lanka)

    QUASAR (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, Singapore)

    AWS Award

    LUNARAGE (American School, Singapore)

    LUNARBOTICS (United Arab Emirates)

    LUNARTICS (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India)

    SAILOR MOONIES (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Mexico)

    SPACE NUTS (Eunoia Junior College, Singapore)

    Special Mention

    MR PARITAT THEANTHONG (National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand)

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