Proud moment! Amity students win NASA space settlement design competition

In a moment of pride for India, a team of 12 school students from Amity International School, Noida has won the prestigious Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISDCC), 2015.

Updated: Aug 10, 2015, 17:26 PM IST

New Delhi: In a moment of pride for India, a team of 12 school students from Amity International School, Noida has won the prestigious Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISDCC), 2015.

The competition was held recently at the NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

The students from Amity were the only one from Asia to make it to the final round. They competed with four other teams of 50 participants each from all over the world to win the title.

Here are the names of the 12 students- Dhruv Khanna, Aabhas Vaish, Aman Agarwal, Anuj Harisinghani, Rishab Srivastava, Chittaranjan Prasad, Suchit Jain, Rahul Rajput, Tanay Asija, Anant Chaturvedi, Grishma Purewal from Class XI and Mudit Gupta from Class X.

The students were part of a company called 'Vulture Aviation' and were clubbed with teams from Latin America and North America and two selected team finalists from the UK and USA, according to Amity International School principal Renu Singh.

The Amity team designed two main settlements and four outlying settlements to accommodate a population of 24,000 as well as a transient of 3,000 more on Mars using a transparent material, 'Aluminium Oxinitride'.

While designing the settlement, the team members worked on aspects such as Automation Engineering, Operations Engineering, Human Engineering, Marketing and Finance, Schedule and Cost.

The team worked on the design for 48 hours.

Aabhas Vaish while presenting a brief about the project said that the Mars Space Settlement was named 'Argonom Bult' and proposed to be designed inside a crater.

The selection of location for the Mars colony depended on the quality of soil and amount of dust storm in the particular area, he further added.

He said that the total cost involved in building a colony for 24,000 habitants would be 1,225,571,360,000 dollars.

The International Space Settlement Design Competition is a prestigious contest which aims to impart industrial skills in students. The competition puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace engineers.

(With PTI Inputs)