Category Archive: Challenges and Prizes

Jan 18 2016

More spacesuit issues

NASA Investigating Another Water Intrusion into Spacesuit During EVA. A little bit behind the curve here, since it happened during the spacewalk on Friday, but whattayagonnado? Cassidy said the size of the bubble (a half-inch wide and 2-3 inches long) and the fact that the HAP was “squishy” were troubling, but “for me the big …

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Dec 22 2015

3D Printing NSS Enterprise

3D Printing Of The First Space-Bound Airframe Now Underway. The non-profit National Space Society will partner with Made in Space to 3D print an entire satellite air frame which will be used to build the NSS Enterprise satellite, hosting hundreds of student payloads by the time it launches. But After selecting the design concept for …

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Dec 08 2015

And now it is Moon Express coming up on the outside…

XPRIZE Gives Moon Express a GO for 2017 Launch to Land First Private Spacecraft On the Moon. SpaceIL will launch to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster as a secondary payload, but Moon Express will launch their spacecraft, the MX-1E lunar lander, with the Los Angeles-based company Rocket Lab USA, riding on their 52.5-foot-tall …

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Nov 19 2015

Astrobotic teams with DLR

DLR and Astrobotic Establish Partnership. The German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Astrobotic Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on exploring concepts for a possible DLR payload to the Moon on Astrobotic’s robotic lunar lander. This collaboration stands to provide DLR with lunar surface access via Astrobotic’s …

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Nov 13 2015

Space Business Plan competition deadline 15 Nov

New Space Business Plan Competition – Los Angeles. Prizes over $100K are offered. ANNNNNNNND admission is only $10!! I’m definitely there! It’ll be held 3 December.

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Oct 29 2015

SpaceIL feeling “Sassy”

Their new lunar lander design. ————– Hmmmmmm….lots of video, little analysis, and late posting. Yep, it’s been one of those days.

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Oct 28 2015

ThumbSat Challenge

THUMBSAT CHALLENGE. They’ll provide the hardware and plan the mission. You just come up with what you want ThumbSat to do. THUMBSAT CHALLENGE It’s exciting to think that we don’t yet know everything that you geniuses can do with ThumbSats. We bet that you will come up with things that we never even thought of, …

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Oct 27 2015

Astrobotic adds another frienemy to Xprize team

Team AngelicvM Will Fly with Astrobotic on First Lunar Mission. The Lunar Xprize just gets more and more juicy: Astrobotic Technology, Inc. announced today that it will carry a rover for Team AngelicvM, the Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Chile, to the surface of the Moon on Astrobotic’s first lunar mission. Team AngelicvM joins Team …

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Oct 26 2015

European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNA) winner announced

European Satellite Navigation Competition Awards Maritime Rescue Drone As The Overall Winner. POSEIDRON is a remotely-piloted aircraft that uses positioning data and infrared sensors to search for people at sea. It can also carry a dingy to drop to people so they have a boat to wait in while rescue comes. That the team was …

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Oct 21 2015

Nationwide High School “CubeSat competition” announced

ASU to help high schoolers build satellites in national CubeSat competition. Cornell University is actually the one running this, so good on them and on ASU. Oh, to be a High School student today.

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Oct 21 2015

Green Acres is the place to be…on Mars

You too can learn to farm on Mars: Case study on growing food in space. Allen and Joyner have students identify potential challenges producing crops indefinitely and develop criteria for selecting crops. Students then use a scoring system to select three optimal foods. In some 30 trial runs with students and teachers, “no people have …

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Oct 12 2015

Future Engineers 3-D Space Container Challenge winners announced

YOUR CHALLENGE IS TO DESIGN A SPACE CONTAINER… Congrats to Teen Winner Ryan from Scotts Valley, Ca who designed a finger-nail clipper/catcher. And to Junior Winner Emily from Cupertino, Ca who designed a Flower Tea Cage so that astronauts can drink fresh tea on the ISS. They can even grow their own tea leaves and …

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Oct 12 2015

In-Situ Materials Challenge

NASA announces In-Situ Materials Challenge. “The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks proposals for systems that will convert in situ materials into interlocking structural elements for construction that can support exploration on a planet. NASA’s focus is to support extra-terrestrial exploration on the Moon or on Mars, but the technology could also be …

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Oct 07 2015

SpaceIL inks launch deal to reach Google Lunar Xprize milestone

Israeli Google Lunar XPrize Team is First to Sign Launch Agreement for Private Mission to the Moon on SpaceX Falcon 9. All sorts of New Space goodness in this press release. SpaceIL is the second team to reach this milestones, as this announcement comes hot on the heels of Moon Express’ deal with Rocket Labs. …

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Oct 06 2015

Water-based CubeSat propulsion

NASA Launch Competition To Include A Water-Propelled Satellite Designed By Cornell Students. Cornell is currently in 3rd place in CubeQuest’s Lunar Derby, and if their design is in the final top 3 in Feb 2017, then they’ll have earned their CubeSat a spot on the SLS launch in 2018. “Traditional rockets tend to burn hydrogen …

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Oct 01 2015

Moon Express inks deal with Rocket Labs

Moon Express signs historic launch agreement for private missions to the Moon. The launches start in 2017. This is a BIG DEAL, for a number of reasons: As the press release states: “Moon Express becomes first company in history to secure such a contract”. I think that understates the case: I believe this is the …

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Sep 24 2015

5 teams complete first milestone of Cube Quest

Cube Quest awards 5 teams at GT-1 Milestone. This was announced back on 10 Sep, but I just noticed it now. 13 teams competed, with 5 winners. Each winner got $20K awarded to them: Team Miles, Dudedin Florida MIT KitCube, Cambridge Massachusetts Cislunar Explorers, Ithaca New York Novel Engineering, Cocoa Beach Florida Ragnarok Industries, Wilmington …

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Sep 17 2015

CanSat 2016 competition taking entries

If I were a High School science or engineering teacher, I’d be all over this for my students.

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Sep 10 2015

Oh Canada!

Canada Dominates European Rover Challenge 2015. The Space Design Team of the University of Saskatchewan scooped the first prize, while the McGill Robotics Team from the McGill University in Montreal finished third. The Next Team of the Bialystok University of Technology, representing the host country, secured the second spot on the podium. Final results are …

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Sep 01 2015

Part-Time Scientists test their rover for Google Lunar Xprize

I believe there’s an error in the video. They say that they have 6 months to arrange a contract for a flight to the moon, which implies to me that they have to be on the moon before the end of 2016. However, Google Lunar X Prize official page has a deadline of 31 December …

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