Learn, explore, and design the future of Space Station technology.

The International Space Station National Laboratory is a research facility orbiting 250 miles above the Earth. This Challenge tasks high school and college students with pitching new technologies to enhance ISS capabilities.


Registration is open every Fall & Spring.

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Learn to develop the next giant leap in Space Station technologies.

The Space Station Technology Challenge engages teams of high school and college students in creating innovative new space station capabilities. Not only is the ISS National Laboratory providing incredible research opportunities for scientists from all over the world, new space stations are already being developed for commercial, industrial, government, and educational use. The Space Station Technology Challenge was developed by the Institute of Competition Sciences through a grant from the ISS National Laboratory. The Challenge provides students with resources covering the broad spectrum of technologies needed for space station operations and research. It guides teams through a process of discovering interesting use cases and technical requirements. It engages students in identifying, designing, and presenting their own future technologies that may one day be valuable additions to the next generation of orbital space stations. Register now to get started and compete for the pitch competition for a shot at the Best-in-Show Awards!

Best in Show Winners

Congratulations and thank you to all participants from our Fall 2023 cohort. Thank you, as well, to the expert judges who took the time to review submissions. A special shoutout to our Fall 2023 winners!

The Orionz

Laney, Layne, Sierra, & Victoria

Culpeper, VA


Harikrish Somu

Chennai, India


Sam Lee

Seoul, South Korea

Bamboo Greenhouse

Noah Berlin & Noah Kaye

Dix Hills, NY

Autonomous Cleaner Controls

Noah Kay, Syed Hassan, & Cole Weiss

Dix Hills, NY