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2022-2023 StellarXplorers IX National Space Design Competition

will open on May 4, 2022.  StellarXplorers will enter its ninth season and have exciting new scenarios beginning October 2022. We look forward to seeing you next year. See you at registration time, May the 4th be with you.
For team info, updates and scores, please visit our Competition page.

STLX IX Rules Book 

Previous Competition Results

Training Materials

New videos and scenarios are available this season! Check them out!

2022-2023 StellarXplorers National Space Design Competition

STLX IX Finals

Courtesy of Space Center Houston.

STLX IX Finals is planned to be in-person, and it will be hosted at Space Center Houston, TX.

Important Dates

Registration Open
May the 4th (May the 4th be with you!)

Registration Closes
3 October 2022

Practice Round 1
Oct 12-17, 2022 (Wed-Mon)

Qualification Round 1
Oct 27-30, 2022

Practice Round 2
Nov 17-20, 2022

Qualification Round 2
Dec 7-11, 2022 (Wed-Sun)

Practice Round 3
Jan 12-15, 2023

Qualification Round 3
Jan 26-29, 2023

Semifinal Round
Feb 16-19, 2023

National Final Round
Apr 20-22, 2023

More Information

Current Competition
Results
Check out this page for updates on the current competition!
2022 AFA StellarCamp
We are excited to share aspects of the StellarXplorers National Space Design Competition in a complete camp experience, where participants learn about space and using Systems Tool Kit (STK).  StellarCamp is a fun space system design camp for rising 8th through rising 12th graders. Participants get to learn about aspects of space system design with no prior experience required.
STK Training
In the StellarXplorers National Space Design Competition, competitors will use Systems Toolkit (STK) for several rounds. Please feel free to check out some of our training videos and practice scenarios here!

Our Competition

Working in partnership with leaders in the U.S. space industry, the StellarXplorers National Youth Space Design Education Program challenges grade-school students toward careers in space or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines essential to our nation’s future.

The competition consists of three practice rounds, three qualifying rounds, a semifinal round, and a final round. The beginning of the season alternates between practice rounds and qualifying rounds. The top 64 teams after the first three qualifying rounds are invited to participate in Semifinals. The top 10 teams from Semifinals are asked to participate in Finals, and this is an all-expense-paid trip! The top 3 teams receive educational grants with varying values, the highest valued award going to the team in first place.

Meet Our Sponsors

Are you interested in affiliating your company with the nation’s fastest-growing space system design event? We hope so because there is real value in having your name associated with a program that is connecting thousands of high school, middle school, and elementary school students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines!

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AFA’s AE Program

AFA believes in the power that students hold in securing our nation’s future. Yet, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). To equip our students with the knowledge and skills required for future innovation, we must increase the number of students and teachers in STEM fields.

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