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GSDC Summer Programme

Excitement Is Building

There is a buzz in the air as the team at the Global Space Design Challenge prepares for the next online Space Design and Preparation programmes.

The first Global Space Design Challenge begins on July 16th, and it’s not too late to book your place on this or any of our university preparation courses in Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Finance and Medical.  You can combine any of these programmes with a Space Design Challenge at the end of your course. 

Check both the GSDC and the Pro Ed websites for information on these courses. We have also been updating our LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram pages.  We would love for you to like and follow our social media accounts.

GSDC Summer Programme

A Different Global Space Design Challenge

Example of a company structure

The competition challenges teams, divided into companies, to provide a response to a ‘Request for Proposal.’ Typically, the RFP calls for the design of a settlement in our solar system. 

Each challenge varies, depending on the requirements of the RFP. The settlement could be on a planetary surface or cycling a planetary body.  In addition, it might be designed for a specific purpose such as mining, environmental or medical research.  Furthermore, its population could include families,  scientists, doctors, engineers or any combination of these. 

With this in mind, the structure of the company will be distinct, depending on the requirements. This is an industry simulation so the company will likely need multiple departments skilled in different areas. These departments all work in their separate areas and come together as a team to produce their RFP.

As in industry, each company presents their design at the end of the challenge. Again, as in industry, judges will choose the winning company on the merits of their proposal and on how well that proposal meets the requirements.


Free Programme Offer

Don’t Miss Out!

Artificial Intelligence

If you are a student interested in studying Engineering, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence or Finance and Economics at University then sign up for one of our online programmes this July 2021. Our programmes include seminars from Industry experts and will give you detailed knowledge and insights into your selected industry.

These eight day programmes all finish with a three day Space Design challenge and will give you essential information to help you prepare for your chosen University path. You will also be given useful advice on how to write your University statement and application by leading experts. 

Furthermore, the July 2021 online programmes are FREE if you sign up for next years residential programme held at Imperial College, London in July 2022.

Education Methods

Experience the Benefits of The Global Space Design Challenge

If you are a student looking to gain valuable experience in the Space and Engineering Industry you will benefit hugely from participating in one of our programmes.

You will be given the opportunity to form and work as part of your own company and design a Space Settlement based on the proposal that is given to you at the beginning of the challenge.

Although our competitions are aimed at students, this isn’t a school. Much of the effectiveness of the challenge stems from the fact that it is student-led and that the teachers and industry experts are there purely as advisors and supporters. This independent learning process encourages participants to learn patience, good communication skills and perseverance. Most
importantly, they gain confidence from engaging in a hands-on enterprise to which they are rarely exposed at school.

Students work on real problems, find solutions, justify their decisions and take responsibility for those choices. Surely, in the future, businesses and institutions will wish to hire these self-starters.

The Global Space Design Challenge enables competitors to form lifelong friendships, to gain valuable experience and to work with students from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. It also gives learners the opportunity to make University connections at Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College. Additionally, all participants receive valuable certificates
and assistance with University applications.


GSDC Summer Programme

A Global Space Design Challenge

This summer, the GSDC is running two 3-day online courses from the 16th to the 18th of July and from the 23rd to the 25th of July. The students taking part in the competition are tasked with designing a future space settlement. As part of a management team, they act as aerospace engineers, financial management, medical experts, or robotics designers. While conceiving a prospective space settlement, students also have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. 

On the first day of the competition, participants are asked to form a company and to compete in a space quiz. After the quiz, they elect their company officers, among which a president who will direct the group. Engineering, AI, medical and finance section heads then take part in a technical training session for their speciality and various officers will receive management training.

On the Challenge’s second day, students create the base space settlement, mentored by academic and Industry experts. On the final day of the competition,  they will present their design to the judges who represent Space Agencies, Industries and Universities. Subsequently – and with much suspense — the winning company is announced.

Participants and members of the winning company receive certificates citing innovation, presentation, and other proficiencies. Certification from this prestigious worldwide Challenge is well received by members of the British G5, i.e., Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, London, London School of Economics, and University College, London, U.S. universities and other universities.

create a space settlementThis competition is held throughout the year in various venues around the world. Education without coercion or intrusive instruction is what this exciting programme is all about. Students learn by doing and thinking on their own. Their pride and ownership in what they have accomplished stand them well for their proper future and for the future of an eventual home in space.


Learn while saving big! A free online space design programme Free Programme Offer

Learn while saving big


Learn while saving big!

Learn while saving big. A free online space design programme now if you sign up for a 2022 London residential Global Space Design Challenge.

Commit to next year’s GSDC competition at Imperial College London and benefit from this generous bonus offer.  Choose from among the following three complimentary events:

  • Two 3-day online space design programmes
  • An 8-day online space design programme
  • Any one from among this autumn’s Pro Ed courses. Please sign up directly through Sam Hession our Programme Coordinator. (

Learn while saving big! A free online space design programme

Compete with students worldwide in designing space settlements of the future.  Engage in science, engineering and business challenges. Team up with other students to plan the world to come while discovering next summer’s post-Covid London.

Live large. Pay less. Get more.

FREE space settlement programme if you sign up for next year's residential Global Space Design Challenge July 9-20, 2022 Free Programme Offer

FREE online space settlement course

Famous lecturer at Imperial College Global Space Design Challenge

FREE space settlement design programme if you sign up for next year’s London residential Global Space Design Challenge July 9-20, 2022. The GSDC is a famous and exciting event for 14-19 year olds worldwide. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions this year, we regret that we have to cancel this summer’s residential programme. However, if you register and pay for next year’s residential challenge held at Imperial College, London which is running from 9-20 July 2022, we will offer you a FREE place on one of our three- or eight-day online programmes.

This free space settlement programme is patterned after the Space Design Competition (SDC) that has been running in the UK for 14 years. The residential programme includes tours of London, Oxford and Cambridge and a full social programme.

Special Offer!

Artificial Intelligence



Imperial College London Global Space Design Lecture GSDC Summer Programme

First day at GSDC Imperial College London summer programme

Dr Elizabeth Day talks seismology, planetary geophysics, methane lakes on Titan, thumpers on the moon, subduction zones, volcanoes on Mars, and planet formation in the universe. She also discussed the application process for Imperial College London, where there are groups that study astromaterials, organic geochemistry, all the other facets of geology including geophysics.