2015 Caltech Space Challenge Selects 32 International Students

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2015 Caltech Space Challenge Selects 32 International Students

About 32 international students have been selected in the 2015 Caltech Space Challenge. The students are divided into two teams and have been asked to design a mission where astronauts would land on an asteroid in order to mine for resources and to show how the raw materials might be used.

According to experts, the winning concept design was produced by team Voyager. Bill Tandy, project manager of Team Explorer said that called her the week-long experience as a winner. Tandy also said that for him it was great working with very smart people and he came to know more about science and astronauts and vehicles and launching and trajectory and teamwork.

On March 22, graduate and undergraduate students from 14 countries like Germany, India and Brazil came at Caltech. These all students were chosen from a pool of 220 applicants from 104 worldwide universities with an aim to take part in Caltech’s third Space Challenge.

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Several of them came from American schools like Caltech, UCLA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale. International schools like the Technical University of Madrid and Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Strathclyde were also represented.

“It doesn’t really change anything that they’ve done. All they really have to do is change out the pictures. They still have the same asteroid materials they can demonstrate for resource utilization. It’s still the same spacecraft”, said Hayden Burgoyne, co-lead organizer of this year’s biennial event.

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