A 12 member team from Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram comprising of Shubham Goel, Vibhor Sehgal, Saarthak Jajoria, Aditya Aggarwala, Arjun khandelwal, Keshav Adhyay, Ishan Sharma, Sibesh Kar, Shashwat, Dhruv Singhal, Achal Varma and Dhruv Gupta led by Mr. Anil K. Verma took part in the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition from the 1st to 4th February 2011, in Manesar. The purpose of this contest was to enable high school students to experience what aerospace industry engineers work on, including designing of a city in space that could become home for over 10,000 people. Student engineers were expected to demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, team work and presentation techniques.
The team from DPS R.K.Puram, qualified for the Asian semi-finals and were teamed up with the Lahore Grammar School, Pakistan and Little Flower High School, Hyderabad, India. The initial qualification rounds included completing a proposal for a space settlement within the given time frame of 3 months. At the finals, they had to prepare a 50 page report in 21 hours on a fusion powered ship named ‘Cassandras’, which would have the ability to transport people from Earth to Mars in 80 days. After a gruelling 21 hours, the report was submitted and it was presented before the judges during a 35 minute presentation. The judges were impressed with the structure and working of the space ‘Cruiseliner’ and their company ‘Dougeldyne Astrosystems & Flechtel Constructors’. The company finished 2nd in the overall tally.