The nation should feel proud as a team of 12 students from Amity International School, Noida have brought laurels to their school and the city by winning the prestigious 20th Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISDCC) held recently at the Nasa Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
The team was the only one from Asia who made it to the final round. The final round was conducted from August 2-4. '4 companies' with 50 participants each were competing for the title from all over the world.
The 12 students were Dhruv Khanna, Aabhas Vaish, Aman Agarwal, Anuj Harisinghani, Rishab Srivastava, Chittaranjan Prasad, Suchit Jain, Rahul Rajput, Tanay Asija, Anant Chaturvedi, Grishma Purewal of class 11 and Mudit Gupta of class 10.
Amity International School principal Renu Singh said that the students were in 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.
What was the Contest All About
The challenge for the students was to design a space colony in Mars that could house over 10,000 people. The team of Amity International School designed two main settlements and four outlying settlements which can accommodate a population of 24,000 as well as a transient of 3,000 more on Mars using a transparent material, 'Aluminium Oxinitride'. Their settlement, named Argonom.
While designing the settlement, the team members worked on all aspects, including structural engineering, automation, operations, human engineering, marketing and finance, schedule and cost.
On the whole the team worked on the design for 48 hours
Vision of Amity International school Students
Fifty, say, a hundred years from now, when the planet Earth is inhabitable or overcrowded or both, and we decide to live in settlements on Mars, we could be living inside an air-locked transparent dome located inside a crater on the Red Planet to keep out the dust and radiation. Inside, there would be gardens, apartment complexes, tram systems and quad cars for trans - and even a personal assistant called Alex to take your the garbage and do the laundry.