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Mar 13 2015

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NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

NASA Challenge Invites Students to Help Design Journey to Mars Systems. Open to college students and applications will be taken through 30 April. Multiple $10-20K awards will be given.

Here’s the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The final evaluation will be held on 11 May 2016.

Here’s the potential topic list:

1.0 Exploration Augmentation Module Project Crew Systems
– 1.1 Deep Space Mission Food Storage
– 1.2 Deep Space Mission Exercise Equipment
– 1.3 Deep Space Mission Telepresence Capabilities Structures
– 1.4 Inflatable/Deployable Airlock Structure for either EVA or IVA
– 1.5 Deployable and Reconfigurable Internal Secondary Structures for Space Habitats Habitat Layout
– 1.6 Deep Space Mars Transit Habitat Layout Studies Power
– 1.7 Photovoltaic Power System Demonstration for the Exploration Augmentation Module
– 1.8 120 VDC Dual-Source Power Distribution Unit

2.0 Space, Life, and Physical Sciences (SLPS)
– 2.1 Microgravity plant watering system
– 2.2 Assessing performance and refining a space plant growth system
– 2.3 A Microgravity Food Production System utilizing radial acceleration for water and nutrient delivery

3.0 Logistics Reduction Project
– 3.1 Oxygen-Based Clothing Sanitation System

4.0 Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) Project
– 4.1 Advanced Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems

5.0 Life Support Project
– 5.1 Optimization of Carbon Dioxide Removal Systems for Mars Missions

6.0 In-space Manufacturing Initiative
– 6.1 Technology Development of Low-Power Required Manufacturing of Metals for the Zero-Gravity Environment

7.0 Autonomous Propellant Loading Project
– 7.1 Automated Umbilical Project for Surface Systems

Oh to be a college student…

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