Stefan Prestrelski, a student from Torrey Pines High School, has won first prize in the 10th Grade Individual Category from the 2018
Inspired by a revolutionary technology currently in development by NASA for spacecraft launch systems, Stefan worked with his adviser, Torrey Pines High School Science and Engineering teacher Brinn Belyea, to design a novel emergency evacuation system for use in space stations. The system described in his submission, “Project EMLEE: Conceptual Design of a High Velocity Electromagnically-Launched Emergency Evacuation System for the Moon-Orbiting Space Settlement MOSS-2033,” is designed to rapidly evacuate a small space settlement and send the escape capsules to a safe range within 10 minutes of evacuation.
“Stefan worked extremely hard on his project. His knowledge of and passion for space travel are inspiring” said Belyea.
Stefan is a member of the TPHS Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Club and the Botball Robotics Team. In addition to his engineering aspirations, Stefan is a varsity athlete of the TPHS swim and dive team and a member of the Bay Club Aquatics swim team.