One year from this month, the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge will take place at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. It will be during Caltech's spring break: March 26-31, 2017.
The Caltech Space Challenge is a 5-day international student space mission design competition. Thirty-two students from a wide range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning/design/implementation, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. This confluence of people and resources is a unique opportunity for young and enthusiastic students to work with experienced professionals in academia, industry and national laboratories.
The project for the 2017 edition is called Lunarport. The students will design a supply station on the Moon for deep-space missions. The goal is to use Lunar in-situ resources to allow larger (more massive) payloads to be launched from Earth, bringing deep-space a little closer for human exploration.