FHHS Aerospace Team earns Entry into the 2020 International Space Settlement Design Competition

Posted May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am by

Pre­se­ly Clark, Daniel Gar­ner, Emma Mughal, Islay Ross, Kee­gan Bai­ley, Will Leem­ing, Dar­cy Ayers and Arlo Harold — Not pic­tured: Sander Van­Hamers­feld, Emmett Car­ri­er, Evan Foley, Hank Erick­son, Tyler Flem­ing, Levi Wolf, and Ayana Berube

Last sum­mer, the Fri­day Har­bor High School Aero­space Design team brought home a World Cham­pi­onship title from the Inter­na­tion­al Space Set­tle­ment Com­pe­ti­tion held at NASA.

This year, the FHHS Aero­space Team (Island Orbital Tech­nolo­gies) has once again earned their way back to the Inter­na­tion­al Space Set­tle­ment Design Com­pe­ti­tion World Finals with a top-four design pro­pos­al entry. 

After putting in hun­dreds of hours of work on this year’s pro­pos­al (the crux dur­ing the first weeks of quar­an­tine), this is great news. The team worked tire­less­ly on a ‘cycler set­tle­ment’, dubbed Ben­evec­toras, meant to ser­vice Mars explo­ration. Their inno­v­a­tive ideas and thor­ough­ness came through clear­ly in the 60-page design pro­pos­al, which ulti­mate­ly scored high enough for a top-four world­wide place­ment. This result auto­mat­i­cal­ly sends the team on to the World Finals, skip­ping over the quar­ter­fi­nal NW competition. 

“I am incred­i­bly proud of this team,” said their teacher, Dan Gar­ner. “In any ‘nor­mal’ year, this is a dif­fi­cult feat. To switch from in-per­son team­work to vir­tu­al team­work two weeks before our pro­pos­al dead­line was chal­leng­ing, but the results show the great heart, deter­mi­na­tion, and superb col­lab­o­ra­tion of our Fri­day Har­bor stu­dents. We now have anoth­er chance to win a World Cham­pi­onship dur­ing the World Finals held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­ter in late July. For­tu­nate­ly, the Inter­na­tion­al Space Set­tle­ment Com­pe­ti­tion is offer­ing the option for either live com­pe­ti­tion or syn­chro­nous, vir­tu­al com­pe­ti­tion, so either way we are look­ing for­ward to going after anoth­er title.”

The FHHS Island Orbital Tech­nolo­gies team includes Arlo Harold, Sander Van­Hamers­feld, Emmett Car­ri­er, Evan Foley, Kee­gan Bai­ley, Will Leem­ing, Emma Mughal, Hank Erick­son, Dar­cy Ayers, Pres­ley Clark, Tyler Flem­ing, Levi Wolf, Islay Ross, and Ayana Berube.

“As well as all of the mem­bers of this year’s Aero­space Design and Lit­er­a­ture class.” exclaimed Mr. Gar­ner, “With­out the whole class the team could not have made the push to the end.”

In the pri­or year, the 2019 team trav­eled to the Inter­na­tion­al Space Set­tle­ment Design Com­pe­ti­tion (ISSDC) World Finals along with teams from 10 coun­tries from around the globe to com­pete at NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­ter. The FHHS team, along with their cor­po­rate team­mates (Uruguay, Cana­da, India and cen­tral US semi­fi­nal­ists) were select­ed World Cham­pi­ons for 2019.

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