Category: <span>Announcements</span>

ISSDC Team Announcement 2024


We are thrilled to announce that the following students have been selected to represent the EU at the International Space Settlement Design Competition to be held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in July 2024. Congratulations to the selected students.

In alphabetical order:

Alessandro Salina

Alexandru Mereuta

David Díaz

Goncalo Domingos

Juan Barbas

Leonore Mira

María Asenjo

Pablo Gutiérrez

Sarmiza Badelita

Sebastião Mendonça

Tiago Bastos

Vlad Glavan



  1. Sara Sion
  2. Claudia Sinziana Balaceanu
  3. Vlad Pagnejer
  4. Pablo Pérez Mosqueda


Thank you to each and every participant, teacher, parent, judge, alumni, and volunteer who took part and helped with EUSDC this year…. we couldn’t do this without you! Congratulations again to the selected ISSDC team.

ISSDC Winners!


Huge congratulations to the EU team who were part of Dougeldyne, the winning company at this year's ISSDC. The ISSDC is a three day event held at the Kennedy Space Center, and the students work in companies consisting of 50-60 students; this year some of the team were working online, which adds to the difficulty of communicating effectively - so to be in the winning team is reflective of an incredibly difficult task carried out amazingly well.

The EU team consisted of the following members (in alphabetical order!):

Adrian Turtulea
Alessandro Salina
Alexandru Teodorescu Druc
Anastasia Ioana Paraschiv
Enrique Jiménez Molina
Guilherme Abrantes Leal
Lorena Terrón Egido
Maria João Lopes
Pablo Asenjo Gonzalez
Pablo Gutierrez Izquierdo
Rita Ferrão Baptista Fernandes
Sara Sofia dos Reis Filipe

Well done to all of you, and thank you to the accompanying teachers Mónica Juárez Jiménez, Óscar Partida and Ricardo Mota, and also the wonderful parents who made this trip of a lifetime possible.

Kennedy Space Center

Team Announcement

EUSDC Team Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to represent the EU at the International Space Settlement Design Competition to be held at the Kennedy Space Center in July 2023 - congratulations to the following students..(N.B all are listed in alphabetical order)


From Kepler Automation

Adrian Turtulea

Alessandro Salina

Anastasia Paraschiv

Guilherme Abrantes Leal

Enrique Jiménez Molina

Lorena Terrón Egido

Rita Ferrão Baptista Fernandes


From Earhart Advanced Industries

Maria João LopesPablo Asenjo Gonzalez

Pablo Asenjo Gonzalez

Pablo Gutierrez



Juan Barbas Anta


From Earhart Advanced Industries

Sara Sofia dos Reis Filipe

Teodorescu Druc Alexandru


Europe from space

EUSDC Final 2023

EUSDC Finals a fantastic success!

Kepler presentation from EUSDC Final

 Space enthusiasts from around Europe either competed in, or helped to run, the European Space Design Competition finals on 1st and 2nd April, and the passion was in evidence throughout the weekend! This year, our finalists were drawn from all over Europe, either via the online all-EU regional-heat, or from specific events in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania. 

Our settlement challenge was all about a settlement orbiting the Sun, with interestingly difficult design problems. Collaboration between departments was key and communication was so effective that we tended to forget that everyone else was working in their second or third language.

 Saturday’s morning excellent briefing and tech talks were hosted by competition alumni, and, following extensive research and intensive working from  the students, led to the Sunday afternoon’s company presentations that we were treated to. The RfP from the Foundation Society was big, technical and ambitious but all teams were impressively ready to field questions from the client’s panel of proposal judges. With people coming from countries in different time zones and far apart, our online finals used video conferencing. We had 7 judges from various countries, who were experts in the space industry, including Barbara Kennedy who works for Sierra Nevada Corp and who judges space proposals as part of her normal real-life job. Our project proposals were judged on their creativity, feasibility, and scientific accuracy. A settlement that orbits the Sun required careful consideration of distance from the Sun, materials’ ability to withstand extreme conditions and, because it was a settlement for conducting R&D, what equipment and resources could be used in those conditions?

The final designs presented by the finalists were diverse and impressive. After long debate by the judges, the winning team, Kepler, was announced. International finalists are drawn from the three teams and will be announced soon: watch this space!

Everyone was intrigued to hear news from judge, Dr Bertrand Goldman of the ISU (International Space University). The opportunities for study featured in an impromptu Q&A, and Barbara also noted opportunities to be mentored or do internships with NASA, as interesting for the staff and volunteers as for the student participants. The post-competition conversations finished on a high note, as warm as the Sun, and without the need for radiation protection!  

Holiday Wishes

Season’s Greetings!

Approaching year’s end, we at the SSEF naturally think of you—our supporters and untiring fans.  Throughout 2021, you have  provided our programme with multiple gifts: passion for science, devotion to learning, donation of service, funding and time.

Thank you for helping to keep us in orbit!

Dr. Randall Stewart Perry, Founder
Space Science Engineering Foundation