Atal Innovation Mission

About the Challenge

Through the years, the rapid advancement made in Space Technology has led to extraordinary achievements for the whole world at large. Space has often been identified as the new frontier, with the anticipation of a future enabled by incredible developments in Space Technologies.

The year 2021 has witnessed spectacular accomplishments in the space sector for the entire human race. We are at the crux of the Digital Age, and ‘Space Technology and Exploration’ is a key focus area which students must discover at a young age to become innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. We are also observing 75 years of India’s independence, this year as “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

ATL Space Challenge 2021

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.

The ATL Space Challenge 2021 aligns with the World Space Week 2021 declared by the United Nations General Assembly, and is celebrated from the 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 which addresses the key problem areas of the challenge.

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


Challenge Themes

Each team based on their interest and understanding, must select one problem which falls under ANY ONE of the given below challenge themes. Create a solution that can be implemented and adopted leveraging technologies such as:

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)

Student Eligibility and Team Composition

  • 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.

Application Submission

  • The solution/ innovations by the student teams must be aligned to one of the Challenge Themes in 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 the 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.

Last date to submit entries to the ATL Space Challenge 2021 is 30 September 2021

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The Indian Space Research Organisation or is the national space agency of India, headquartered in Bengaluru. It operates under Department of Space which is directly overseen by the Prime Minister of India, while Chairman of ISRO acts as executive of DOS as well


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. There are approximately 21,271 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.