Saturday 11 September 2021

ATAL Innovation Mission: ATL Space Challenge 2021

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 ATAL Innovation Mission: ATL Space Challenge 2021

What is this:

The ATL Space Challenge 2021 aligns with the World Space Week 2021 declared by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated from 4 to 10 October each year at the international level, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology.

The Objective of the challenge is to enable young innovators of schools across the country to learn and engage in creating new, efficient and innovative solutions for specific, real-world challenges in the Space sector and develop solutions that address the key problem areas of the challenge.

The Top teams shall be recognized with interesting opportunities and prizes at the conclusion of the Challenge

Organized by:
Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is launching the ATL Space Challenge 2021.


  • Students (from ATL and Non-ATL schools) can submit their entries in the Challenge.
  • School Teachers, ATL In-Charges and Mentors may support the student teams.
  • Each Team shall consist of maximum 3 students (class 6 to 12) and one School Teacher/ ATL in-charge. We encourage ATL schools to also include other school and/or community students within the Team Composition.
  • Kindly note, individual member entry is not allowed. Also if the team size exceeds 3 member limit, the entry/ submission will be immediately disqualified.
Process of Application:
  • The solution/ innovations by the student teams must be aligned to one of the Challenge Themes in the space sector.
  • Each team based on their interest and understanding must select one problem which falls under ANY ONE of the space challenge themes.
  • Each unique solution must be submitted under one theme only. Submitting the same solution/ innovation under multiple themes will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Students can leverage the ATL Space Module (open for all; can be accessed on for a detailed understanding of key concepts. The final innovation can be a physical/ digital solution (App, Game, 3D Design, etc.) developed using any of the ATL Module/ Platform (open for all) OR on any Open-Source/ Free platform.


Space Challenges Theme:

Explore Space

  • Gaming Techonology

    Develop Games that inform about space/ planets

  • App Development

    Create an App to raise awareness about space and the outer world

  • Robotics

    Development of robotic system technologies to improve space exploration missions

Reach Space

  • 3D Technology

    Create a 3D model (virtual or physical) for equipment’s, vehicles etc. that can be used to reach space

  • AI/ML in Space

    Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities in various areas of space operations and spacecraft maintenance

  • Space Apps

    Develop Mobile Apps to make living in space better/ easier (eg: communication or navigation centric, etc.)

Inhabit Space

  • 3D Technology

    Solving space exploration problems and developing 3D model designs for 3D printed habitats that can be used in space

  • Healthcare

    Development of life support systems that enable extended human presence in space

  • AI/ML in Space

    Create a virtual environment using AI/ ML to simulate the space to prepare humans

Leverage Space

  • Geospatial Technology

    Solutions in disaster management and disaster risk reduction by utilizing geospatial data resources & products (eg: Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) for analysis, modeling, simulations and visualization)

  • Drone Technology

    Design solutions for remotely monitoring and enabling smart and connected rural and urban settlements

  • Visualize Data

    Develop a user-friendly application to discover, visualize, and analyze satellite data for monitoring Earth’s conditions (eg: weather, climate, etc.)

Please Note: Students are free to identify and solve ANY OTHER relevant problem aligning with ANY ONE of the Challenge Themes using ANY OTHER relevant technology (IoT and Sensors/ Electronics/ Drone Technology/ Any Other Technology)

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