For this year's competition, head over to https://ukseds.org/ignition/satellite-design-competition/
Receive expert advice and feedback throughout the competition from SSPI space industry professionals.
WORK WITH INDUSTRY EXPERTS
TO DESIGN AND BUILD A CUBESAT
Extended Registration Deadline: 21st November
The Satellite Design Competition invites students to design, construct and operate a nanosatellite payload system with the objective to design a payload to perform a space debris deorbiting mission. Students shall create a payload concept, trade off performance parameters and pass through a rigorous review process with panels of experts within the space industry. The competition aims to reach out to students from multiple scientific fields, including, but not limited to, physicists, engineers and computer scientists.
The competition aims to:
- Challenge students to perform a complex, systems engineering task of the development of a payload to a set of real space mission requirements.
- Gain exposure and experience of the typical design processes and protocols in industry projects, including multiple project reviews.
- Enable students to apply taught technical skills and learn new ones relevant to a job in the space industry in an applicable project environment.
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop and practice other important and transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership and project management.
This year marks the fifth instalment of the Satellite Design Competition. During the first 2 years, competing teams researched and designed a space mission utilising cubesats for astronomy, where an extensive final report was submitted. In 2019, the competition was expanded to include a build phase, where competing teams had the opportunity to design and construct a nanosatellite payload. The heritage of the competition was kept, where the extensive report was separated out into multiple, smaller reports that can be expected in industry space mission design: a Preliminary Design Report, a Critical Design Report and a Test Readiness Review. This year the competition will be themed around space debris removal and will challenge students to tackle this growing problem.
Find out more about the previous winners of the SDC.
|Competition Launch||25th October 2021|
|Deadline for Competition registration||21st November 2021|
|Requirements Freeze||7th November 2021|
|Preliminary Design Review||19th December 2021|
|PDR Feedback||24th January 2022|
|Critical Design Review||27th March 2022|
|CDR Reviewer Meeting||15th April 2022|
|5 Teams selected||29th April 2022|
|Competition Grant Deadline||15th May 2022|
|Test Readiness Review||3rd July 2022|
|Competition Event||9/16 July 2022|
Rules and requirements documents, data sheets, template documents.
Find out more about the people behind the Satellite Design Competition.
All about last year's competition (including the competition day livestream).