Applications for the 2017 Space Challenge are closed!

The deadline to submit or edit an application is December 1, 2016.
The deadline for the  letter of recommendation is December 8, 2016.
All incomplete applications after this date will be discarded.

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Participation in this competition does not require an entry fee. Housing, all meals, a laptop (Microsoft Surface Pro), and a travel reimbursement will be provided for all participants.

Reasons to apply

  • Participate in one of the top space challenges in the world
  • Work alongside some of the top up and coming minds in science and engineering to tackle some of the toughest problems facing space exploration today
  • Learn in a unique multidisciplinary and environment consisting of both students and faculty from academia, as well as some of the sharpest minds in industry (Airbus, JPL, NASA, SpaceX, etc)
  • Connect directly with some of the leading companies in the space industry and have your resume provided directly to them for hiring consideration
  • Have your CV/Resume directly sent to Airbus Defense & Space, the official sponsor of the Challenge and world leader in the defense and space industry


Full-time post-secondary students during the 2016-2017 academic year (Undergraduate or graduate students) from any nationality are eligible to apply.

Since a mission design involves a highly multidisciplinary work force, students from any discipline can apply. Disciplines include (but are not limited to):

  1. Aerospace/Aeronautics/Space Systems

  2. Applied Math

  3. Architecture

  4. Business/Project Management

  5. Chemistry/Chemical Engineering

  6. Civil Engineering

  7. Computer Science/Software/Animations

  8. Electrical/Electronic Engineering

  9. Geology and Planetary Sciences

  10. Graphic Design/Graphic Arts

  11. Material Science

  12. Mechanical Engineering

  13. Medicine

  14. Physics/Applied Physics

  15. Space Policy

Application instruction

You will have to fill an Application Form online. The following items will be required:

Letter of recommendation
Request a letter of recommendation from an advisor, supervisor or professor.
Start to ask early!
You will have to type his/her email address in the online form.

Letter of motivation (3000 characters - 1 page, maximum)
Explain the following:

  1. Why are you interested in the Caltech Space Challenge?  

  2. How will participation benefit you?

  3. What technical skills would you bring to your team?

  4. What leadership and group project experience would you bring to your team?

  5. Given your background, what aspect of mission design are you most interested in?

  6. For art and design applicants, please include some space related artwork

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