GTOC X – Settlers of the Galaxy


This edition was organised by Anastassios Petropoulos, Eric Gustafson, Gregory Whiffen, Brian Anderson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Outer Planets Mission Analysis Group. The official competition web site can be found here.

In a nutshell

The theme chosen for this competition was “settler of the galaxy”. Three types of interstellar generational vessels are imagined to be sent around the Milky Way to spread the human race throughout the galaxy in a quest 90 Myr long.

The winners

Led by Ya-Zhong Luo and Hong-Xin Shen, the team named NUDT-XSCC (College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology and State Key Laboratory of Astronautic Dynamics, Xi’an Satellite Control Center) won the competition.

The workshop

11-15 August 2019 – GTOC X Workshop – the top teams from the competition’s leaderboard have been invited to present papers at the GTOC X Special Session of the Astrodynamics Specialist Conference in Maine.

Below some of the top solutions videos:

Rank #3: ESA-ACT