National Space Society Space Settlement Contest 2022 Results

We had over 17,000 students participate with over 3000 entries, nearly doubling the number of entries from last year's contest. Entries came from 22 countries around the world. Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Grand Prize winning entry came from St. Flannen’s College secondary school in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. They titled their project “Mag Mell,” a name which means “delightful plain” and comes from Irish mythology as one of the names of the Celtic Otherworld. The settlement is designed to be constructed robotically in a high Ceres orbit. The judges were impressed by the team’s focus on the necessary raw materials and where to get them, primarily via a space elevator from the surface of Ceres. The team also showed a lot of awareness for some of the more innovative ideas out there for enabling a sustainable and profitable commercial space sector. A PDF of their winning entry is available at the link below.

The winning team is eligible for the Herman Rubin memorial scholarship of $5,000, which is contingent on giving a talk on their project at this year’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The team of 12th graders has already confirmed their attendance, and we look forward to their presentation!


Grand Prize

Mag Mell, Adam Downes, Cian Pyne, Naem Haq, Jack O'Connor, Garabhan Monahan: St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, Grade 12 Small Group.

First Prize

Grade 12 First Prize

Grade 11 First Prize

Grade 10 First Prize

Grade 9 First Prize

Grade 8 First Prize

Grade 7 and Younger First Prize

Artistic Merit First Prize

Literary Merit First Prize

Second Prize

Grade 12 Second Prize

Grade 11 Second Prize

Grade 10 Second Prize

Grade 9 Second Prize

Grade 8 Second Prize

Grade 7 and Younger Second Prize

Artistic Merit Second Prize

Literary Merit Second Prize

Third Prize

Grade 12 Third Prize

Grade 11 Third Prize

Grade 10 Third Prize

Grade 9 Third Prize

Grade 8 Third Prize

Grade 7 and Younger Third Prize

Artistic Merit Third Prize

Literary Merit Third Prize

Honorable Mentions

Grade 12 Honorable Mention

Grade 11 Honorable Mention

Grade 10 Honorable Mention

Grade 9 Honorable Mention

Grade 8 Honorable Mention

Grade 7 and Younger Honorable Mention

Artistic Merit Honorable Mention

Literary Merit Honorable Mention


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