The StellarXplorers National Space Design Competition is a fun, team building, space system design competition that starts in October and ends in April, where students are challenged to solve orbit planning, satellite component, and launch vehicle selection scenarios presented each round.
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.
STLX VIII Finals is planned to be in-person, and it will be hosted at Space Center Houston, TX.
Information Coming Soon.
Please note that Team Directors and Mentors may only assist during practice rounds. During qualifying rounds, it is the responsibility of a designated student competitor to serve as Team Captain and ensure all deliverables are submitted on time.
For more information on the rules, please review the Official StellarXplorers Rules Book:
(left to right): Team Captain Toshiki Kakehi, Senior; Pranav Tripuraneni, Senior;
Carlo Dundovic, Senior; Francis Gargiulo, Senior.
(left to right): Team Captain C/Maj Rhett Miller, Junior; C/2d Lt Joshua Vanrenterghem, Sophomore;
C/1st Lt Luke Van Sickle, Sophomore; C/1st Lt Colton Swift, Junior.
(left to right): Team Director John Musso; Jacob Waggoner, Junior;
Team Captain Luke Hawkins, Senior; Tyler Jones, Junior;
Team Mentor Christina “Tina” Cox; Li Hong Sweet-Seip, Sophomore;
Shawn Cunningham, Sophomore.
(back row): Skyler Gomez, Junior; Kenneth Francisco, Senior; Daniel Ventura, Sophomore.
(front row): Kelly Cotledge, Senior; Team Captain Thwe Nwe Han, Senior;
AngelisaRose Eslava, Senior.
(back row): Miguel Jimenez, Sophomore; Andrew Palacio, Junior;
Team Captain Peter Ioannou, Senior.
(front row): Angelique Benavides, Junior; Martin Morales, Sophomore.
(left to right): James Garber, Sophomore; Koehn Farrell, Senior;
Team Captain Norman Pritchard, Jr., Senior;
Team Co-Captain Jacob Schomburg, Junior; Dillon Johnston, Senior;
Tony Zucco, Team Director.
(left to right): Neven Scherrer, Senior; Team Captain Rohit Agarwal, Senior;
Samuel Suh, Senior; Isaac Yi, Senior; Ethan Cabral, Senior
(left to right): Jeramy Kim, Freshman; Suraj Anand, Senior;
Team Captain Aksh Garg, Sophomore; Team Co-Captain Akash Anand, Freshman;
Jiaju Liu, Senior. Not available for photo: Arpit Jalan, Senior.
(left to right) Team Director l. Tom Brown; Eliott Trotman, Sophomore; Alexis Finnimore, Freshman;
Team Captain Charles Hulongbayan, Senior; Michael Do, Sophomore; Jaxson Ternlund, Senior
(left to right, back row) Andres Gomez, Junior; Adam Annerino, Junior;
Team Captain Jorge Medellin, Senior;
(foreground) Nancy Vazquez, Junior; Madeline Simmons, Junior.
1. Allegheny County Composite Squadron CAP – West Mifflin, PA
2. Capt. Bud Jackson Composite Squadron CAP #3 – Scotch Plains, NJ
3. West Aurora High School #6 – Aurora, IL
1. La Cueva High School Marine JROTC #2 – Albuquerque, NM
2. Franklin High School AFJROTC – El Paso, TX
3. Midland High School AFJROTC – Midland, TX
1. Cimarron-Memorial High School AFJROTC – Las Vegas, NV
2. Esperanza High School AFJROTC – Anaheim, CA
3. Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron CAP – Littleton, CO
1. Seminole High School AFJROTC – Sanford, FL
2. Lakewood Ranch High School #1 – Bradenton, FL
3. Lakewood Ranch High School #2 – Bradenton, FL
(left to right) Chris Day, Senior; Ryan Dunn, Senior; Rosemary Lach, Senior;
Team Captain Nathan Assaf, Senior; Jared Gibson, Senior; Cade Sparks, Senior.
(left to right) Clayton Crownover, Senior; Nick Zhou, Senior; Josh Hoffman, Senior;
Alex Motamed, Senior; Bradley Wohlfarth, Senior.
(foreground) Team Captain Finn O’Neill, Senior.
(left to right): Angel Jimenez, Senior; Tyler Cirone, Senior; Liana Meyer, Senior;
Nikolas Aslanian, Senior; Team Captain Zachary Chan, Senior.
(left to right): Alon Leshem, Sophomore; Mattox Tokars, Sophomore; Adam Chen, Sophomore;
Aditi Edlabadkar, Senior; Team Captain Scott Waldo, Senior; Jack Hickerson, Senior.
(back row): Andrew Garcia, Junior; Peter Ioannou, Junior; William Ayala-Hall, Senior; Justine Jug, Senior.
(front row): Team Captain Thwe Nwe Han, Junior; Kelly Cotledge, Junior.
(left to right): Brayden Booker, Junior; John “Jed” Gibbons, Junior; Edward Walker, Senior;
Team Captain David “Kenny” Redish, Senior; Jeremy Troiano, Junior.
(left to right) Megan Green, Freshman; Colin Adams, Freshman; Team Captain Rodrigo Ortega, Junior;
Colin White, Freshman; Eric Drake, Sophomore.
(left to right, back row): Hannah Tepley, Freshman; Jordan Norwood, Junior;
Team Co-Captain Yelizar Dergachev, Junior.
(front row): Sydney Norwood, Freshman; Team Co-Captain Michael Belair, Sophomore.
(left to right): Katherine Eble, Senior; Nic Campolo, Junior; Edith Llontop, Senior;
Team Captain Larry Frazier, Senior; Sime Baskovic, Senior; Edwin Salgado, Senior.
(left to right, back row): Elise Martina, Junior; Team Co-Captain Davaris Cheeks, Senior;
Team Co-Captain Jerritt Gutierrez, Senior.
(foreground): Gracyn Linstad, Sophomore; Taylor Lupa, Senior.
(left to right) Josh Hoffman, Junior; Bradley Wohlfarth, Junior; Nick Zhou, Junior;
Clayton Crownover, Junior; Alex Motamed, Junior; Team Captain Finn O’Neill, Junior.
(left to right) Team Director Hassan Twiet; Alessandro Villain, Junior;
Ryan Huang, Senior; Amy Ross, Senior; David Noh, Senior;
Team Captain Harmont Grenier, Senior; Chaperone Liz Grenier;
Assistant TD/Chaperone Greg Grenier.
(left to right) Team Director Hassan Twiet; Team Captain Akira Higaki, Senior; Nathan Kim, Senior;
Ishan Gaur, Senior; Robert Peltekov, Junior; Tim Jiang, Senior; Chaperone Liz Grenier;
Assistant TD/Chaperone Greg Grenier.
(left to right): C/CMSgt Jarek Jellison, Junior;
Team Captain C/SMSgt Luke Van Sickle, 8th grade;
C/SMSgt Peyton Reed, 8th grade; C/SMSgt Rhett Miller, Sophomore;
C/TSgt Douglas Clayton, Junior.
(left to right) Jared Gibson, Junior; Chris Day, Junior; Ryan Dunn, Junior;
Team Captain Nathan Assaf, Junior; Delaney Horton, Junior.
(left to right) Matt Oda, Senior; Matthew Yohannes, Freshman; William Wright, Senior;
Team Captain Charles Hulongbayan, Sophomore; Chris Lehman, Junior;
Kenny Luong, Junior.
(left to right) Avelino Alvarado, Senior; Catherine Bernabe, Junior;
Team Captain Isaiah Alferos, Senior; Emily Newara, Junior;
Andrew Garcia, Sophomore.
(left to right, back row) Dreightyn Godfrey, Senior; Team Captain Vincent
Dakota Weir, Senior. Not pictured: Marshall Harshberger, Senior.
(left to right): Scott Carso, Senior; Team Co-Captain Mitchell Rivas, Senior;
Team Co-Captain Anthony Munguia, Senior;
Forrest Glover, Senior; Benjamin Bowen, Senior.
(left to right) C/Amn Denisse Aguilar, Freshman; C/SrA Matt Aflleje, Junior;
C/SrA Niki Borja, Junior; Team Director Col Dave Cruz;
Team Captain C/Lt Col Jos Malig-on, Senior.
Sareta Gladson, Senior; Xavier Jackson, Senior; Yoseph Jackson, Junior;
Anthony Munguia, Junior; Zhicheng Yu, Junior; Team Director Doug Martinez.
Karina Sahli, Sophomore; Rene Sahli, Senior; Henry Hill, Senior;
Bethany Salas, Senior; Justin Kockx, Sophomore; Team Director Ken Robinson.
Connor Wolfe, Senior; Garrett Gatlin, Senior; Jonah Qualls, Senior;
Dillon Rodgers, Senior; Nicolas Saunders, Senior; Smith Graham, Senior; Team Director Michelle Lowrey.
Rhett Miller, Freshman; Simon Chuang, Senior; Jarek Jellison, Sophomore;
Douglas Clayton, Sophomore; Team Director Carl Knox.
Sean Riordan, Sophomore; Aaron Dean Edwards, Sophomore; Rachel Higgins, Sophomore;
Anthony Gilliam, Junior; Samantha Schneider, Sophomore; Bailey Allen, Senior;
Team Director David Malinowski.
Vince Morgan, Junior; Brady Kunn, Senior; Archan Kafley, Senior;
Charles Hulongbayan, Freshman; Team Director Tom Brown.
Ishan Gaur, Junior; Akira Higaki, Junior; Siteng (Tim) Jiang, Junior;
Robert Peltekov, Sophomore; RJ Wakefield-Carl, Sophomore; Team Director Hassan Twiet.
Forrest Glover, Junior; Jasmine Santoro, Senior; Kelly Kaliterna, Senior;
Lauren Perez, Senior; Miranda Fracker, Senior; Mitchell Rivas, Junior; Team Director Doug Martinez.
Sam Donovan, Senior; Vincent Povilaitis, Senior; Danielle Boyd, Senior;
Tyler Palam, Freshman; Team Director Ken Robinson.
Ryan VanNortwick, Senior; Gabriel Ellwood, Junior; Sierra Dickinson, Junior;
Nathan Canada-Villar, Senior; Team Director Peter Dominicis.
(left to right) Mrs. Elizabeth Grenier, Mr. Gregory Grenier, Yodai Takeuchi,
Eugene Lin, Sher Shah, Team Captain Regina Kim, Mr. Hasaan Twiet, Saahil Parikh (not pictured).
(left to right) Mr. Gregory Grenier; Mrs. Elizabeth Grenier; Bethany Grenier, Senior;
Nathan Kim, Sophomore; Team Captain Harmont Grenier, Sophomore; Amy Ross, Sophomore;
Rishi Gattu, Junior; David Noh, Sophomore; Mr. Hasaan Twiet
Rebekah Ramey, Sophomore; Team Captain Dominick Dunn, Senior; Tsany Chick, Sophomore;
Gage Niles, Junior; Ian Hunt, Junior; Team Director Tom Brown.
Alia Harris, Senior; Princess Offei-Dua, Freshman; Jon Truitt, Senior;
Rosaline Yelleh, Senior; Joseph Vivian, Freshman; Devancy Jefferson, Senior.
(Back row left to right) Emily Eastman, Senior; Team Captain Dylan Traylor, Senior;
(Front row left to right) Makayla Jewell, Senior; John McDowell, Senior; Nathan Meredith, Senior;
Samuel Crawford, Senior (Not pictured).
Team Director Jaime Raymundo; Teshi Edwards, Freshman; Abdullah Sheikh, Senior;
Juan Lesa, Senior; Richie Nguyen, Junior; Team Captain Paolo Balderas, Junior.
Jackson Matthews, Senior; Atticus Aoki, Junior; Deputy Team Captain Carson Dillon;
Team Captain Noah Hume, Sophomore.
(Back row left to right) Robert Grassian, Senior; Team Captain Miguel Pérez, Senior; Xavier Jackson, Junior;
(Front row left to right) Sareta Gladson, Junior; Cristian Sebastiani, Senior.
Chris Day, Freshman; Jared Gibson, Freshman; Nathan Assaf, Freshman;
Team Captain Nicholas Thompson, Sophomore; Ryan Dunn, Freshman.
Team Captain Nathan Throckmorton, Senior; Vincent Povilaitis, Junior;
Sandra Mako-Sanchez, Junior; Rhiannon Jimenez, Senior; Karina Sahli, Freshman.
(left to right) Bill Yucuis, AFA Space TF Chair; Gage Niles; Sie Hen Son; Herman Solis; Dave Nuttall;
Maj Gen Denker, AF Space Command; and Jerry White, AFA Vice Chair for Education.
Team Director Renee Johnson; Team Mentor Tim Tichawa; Conor Kennedy;
Jordan Erickson; Dylan Traylor; Emily Eastman; Kale Crippen; John Acosta; Nathan Meredith.
Team Director Thomas Russell; Team Mentor Nikki Lester; Matthew Robillard; Heinkel Beaudreau;
Kiana Harkema; Brandon Ralph; Beth Harwig; Dale Fenton.
Team Director Rick Peterson; CHS – Aubry Hunt; CHS – Sean Robison.
Team Director Julie Smith; Team Mentor Mary Gregor; Leah Patterson; Maryn Carpenter; Tate Ottoway;
Austin Jacob; Gerad Cather; Ryan Earl.
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