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Nov 25 2014

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Cube Quest Challenge registration begins

Win a share of $5 mil with a successful CubeSat design to be launched with the first SLS/Orion mission.

3 areas of competition:

  • Ground Tournaments:  $500,000 in the four qualifying ground tournaments to determine who will have the ability to fly on the first SLS flight;
  • Lunar Derby:  $1.5 million for demonstrating communication and CubeSat durability at a distance greater than almost 2.5 million miles (4,000,000 km), 10 times the distance from the Earth to the moon; and
  • Deep Space Derby:  $3 million for demonstrating the ability to place a CubeSat in a stable lunar orbit and demonstrate communication and durability near the moon.

More specifics from The official rules:

Competition Prize
GT1 The Five Highest Scoring Competitor Teams with scores greater than 3 will each be awarded $20,000.
GT2 The Five Highest Scoring Competitor Teams with scores greater than 3 will each be awarded $30,000.
GT3 The Five Highest Scoring Competitor Teams with scores greater than 3 will each be awarded $30,000.
GT4 The Five Highest Scoring Competitor Teams with scores greater than 3 will each be awarded $20,000.

The In-Space prizes are

Competition Prize
Deep Space Derby Prizes Total Available: $1,500,000
 Best Burst Data Rate: $250,000
 Largest Aggregate Data Volume Sustained Over Time: $750,000
 Spacecraft Longevity: $250,000
 Farthest Communication Distance From Earth: $250,000.
Lunar Derby Prizes Total Available: $3,000,000
 Achieve Lunar Orbit: $1,500,000 (shared)
 Best Burst Data Rate: $250,000
 Largest Aggregate Data Volume Sustained Over Time: $750,000
 Spacecraft Longevity: $500,000

I love, Love, LOVE this!! Can’t wait to see who wins what, and what their solutions are! Oh, and no larger than one 6U CubeSat may be used.

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