About

The Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) makes learning an exciting challenge for students of all ages. For ICS, it’s not only about creating a tool for students, educators and innovators. It’s about creating academic heroes, and building the structures and systems upon which they can be recognized and rewarded. We aim to do for educational competitions what ESPN has done for professional sports, and much more. The Space Station Innovation Challenge is a  new signature competition from ICS to help engage, inspire, and motivate students to learn through real-world entrepreneurial programming in the burgeoning space industry.

For more than 20 years, humans have lived and worked continuously onboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration exploration into deep space and benefit life here on our planet. In an effort to expand the research opportunities of this unparalleled platform, the ISS was designated as a U.S. National Laboratory in 2005 by Congress, enabling space research and development access to a broad range of commercial, academic, and government users. Since 2011, the ISS National Lab has selected more than 200 ISS research projects. Working together with NASA, the ISS National Lab aims to advance the nation’s leadership in commercial space, pursue groundbreaking science not possible on Earth, and leverage the space station to inspire the next generation.

Advisory Board

The Space Station Technology Challenge is supported by volunteer scientists and business people in the space industry, providing participants with expert perspectives and cutting edge information. If you are an expert in the space industry or working a related profession, and would like to learn more about becoming a member of our Advisory Board, please contact: sstc@competitionsciences.org.

Amanda
Adams

STEM Engagement Coordinador

NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

Robert
Bell

Executive Director

Space & Satellite Professionals International

Esther
Beltran

Co-Founder, CEO

Lenn Enterprises

Eugene
Boland

Director

Talaris Therapeutics

Gregory
Constantine

Co-Founder, CEO

Air Company

John
Dankanich

Chief Technologist

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Ken
Davidian

Vice President

International Space University

Mahsa
Esfandabadi

Aerospace Architectural Engineer

SEArch+

Wesley
Faler

CEO

Miles Space

William
Gutman

Director of Aerospace Operations

Spaceport America

Sara
Jennings

CEO

Orion Labs

Max
Joshua

Senior Business Development Manager

Blue Skies Space

Joe
Laurienti

Founder, CEO

Ursa Major

Mike
Lewis

Chief Innovation Officer

Nanoracks

Franck
Marchis

Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer

Unistellar

Joe
Messinger

Marketing & Communications Director

ISS National Laboratory

Joseph
Minafra

Lead for Innovation & Technical Partnerships

NASA Ames Research Center

Kimberly
Minafra

Program Specialist, Technology Transfer

NASA Ames Research Center

Dan
Rasky

Director of Commercial Space Office

NASA Ames Research Center

Michael
Roberts

Chief Scientist

ISS National Laboratory

Arun
Sharma

STEM Cell Biologist

Cedars-Sinai

Ted
Southern

Division Manager

Paragon Space

Fabrice
Testa

Co-Founder, CFO

Maana Electric

Melodie
Yashar

VP, Space Architect

ICON

Future Space Stations

The Orbital Reef station, led by principal partners Sierra Space Corporation and Blue Origin, will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future. Orbital Reef will be the premier mixed-use space station in low Earth orbit for commerce, research, and tourism by the end of this decade.

Axiom Space is the only company with the privilege of connecting its modules to the International Space Station. This partnership and strategic connection allows Axiom Space to effectively adopt and service the multinational user base of the ISS National Laboratory to seamlessly continue research and manufacturing initiatives. Axiom Station will host people, research and manufacturing that will lead development for numerous industries using techniques that are available only in microgravity.

Nanoracks, the world’s leading provider of commercial access to space, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Space AgTech company, StarLab Oasis. StarLab Oasis will focus on advancing the knowledge and technology of organisms and food that are produced in the harsh environment of space.