Dr Randall S Perry

Dr Randall S Perry is the Founder and Chair of the Space Science and Engineering Foundation, the charity that organises and funds the annual UK Space Design Competition.

The UK Space Design Competition is a residential competition open to all current secondary school students in the United Kingdom. Student teams travel to Imperial College London where, on Saturday morning, they will join with fellow students from several other UK schools to form a simulated design company of up to 40 people.

This company will have just 24 hours to design a space settlement for up to 10,000 inhabitants, taking several factors in to account ranging from structural engineering and communications to entertainment, food production, construction timelines, and cost. On Sunday morning they will present their final design proposal to a panel of expert judges in competition for a lucrative design contract from the Foundation Society.

Selected members of the winning company will be rewarded with a guaranteed paid place at the International Space Settlement Design Competition, held annually at NASA’s Lyndon. B, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA.

The main aim of the competition is to provide students with an opportunity to take part in a design simulation that exposes them to the joys and challenges of working in a large industrial team. Students will develop a space-based infrastructure that requires complex, challenging, and imaginative thinking leading to an increased interest in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Learn more in UKSDC: A Journey, available on Amazon.

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The Space Design Competition has been honoured by the attendance and input of several high profile guests over the years. In 2012, the late Sir Patrick Moore shared his thoughts and insights in a special interview for the competition.

Above: Dr Randall S Perry pictured with the famed astronomer Sir Patrick Moore in 2012

The full interview can be seen on the UK Space Design Competition website here.

Dr Perry Shortlisted for Arthur Award

Dr Randall Perry, founder of the UK Space Design Competition, has been shortlisted along with three others for a Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement in the category of Education and Outreach for his work on the competition.

Dr Perry said, “I am delighted to have this nomination but it really belongs to the dozens of volunteers that put out some much of their time to make the UKSDC a success.”

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards ‘The Arthurs’ are awarded by The Arthur C Clarke Foundation and the UK Space Agency, and are often regarded as the Space equivalent of the Oscars. The awards ceremony will take place during the UK Space Conference at The Glasgow Science Centre on the 16th July.