Andrey Parrilla Prokopyev, year 4 Secondary student at SEK-Alboran, won the 27th annual Space Settlement Contest, where students aged 12 to 18 from all over the world take part, individually, in small teams of two to five and in large teams of up to twelve. Andrey Parrilla took part individually in his category where the award is given to the best participation, being the first Spaniard in the history of the contest to win.
This event, which took place for the first time in 1994 and that is now in its twenty-seventh year (National Space Society Space Settlement Contest 2021) features participation from over 6,800 students from 22 countries and focuses on space settlements. In other words, participants are asked to submit scientific papers or reports on the creation of orbiting structures (rather than planets) capable of sustaining human life for long periods of time.
The SEK-Alboran student submitted a mathematical and computational approach to the topic. His report entitled Investigations on Free-Space Settlements: Development of a Theoretical and Practical Model, around one hundred pages long, rigorously defined the conditions that a suitable structure must have in order to satisfy human needs in space and developed an algorithm capable of generating the characteristics of the best base given certain parameters. Therefore, all the effort dedicated to contributing to this discipline and to society through a different perspective paid off with the recognition of the work by these international organisations.
As a reward, in addition, Andrey will have the opportunity to present his work at an annual conference organised by these same institutions. However, he does not want his contribution to simply win awards, and therefore he aims to continue with the development of scientific, mathematical or philosophical research, as well as publishing these articles or books so that they can be really useful to the academic and scientific community, and to the general population.