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BIG Idea Challenge:

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Through the BIG Idea Challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of lunar dust mitigation solutions for issues including reducing dust clouds upon landing, dust removal from spacesuits and other surfaces, dust obstruction of optical systems, and reducing in-cabin particulate levels, among others. Specifically, teams are invited to propose innovative solutions with supporting original engineering and analysis in response to one of the following areas:

Landing Dust Prevention and Mitigation - to preclude or protect from plume/surface interactions which may result in damaged landers and nearby surface assets.

Spacesuit Dust Tolerance and Mitigation - to limit dust adherence to spacesuits and other deleterious effects to its subsystems.

Exterior Dust Prevention, Tolerance, and Mitigation -to protect lunar surface systems or preclude dust from entering habitats and landers.

Cabin Dust Tolerance and Mitigation - to clean habitable volumes and their interior surfaces, which helps prevent dust from making it back to Gateway and Orion when the lander returns to lunar orbit from the surface.

Application Deadline: 9/25/2021

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)
NASA Langley Research Center (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Atmospheric Sciences
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Crop & Soil Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
STEM Fields

Ecosystem Science
Food Systems
Plant Biology
Structural Design
Terrestrial Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Page last updated 7/28/2021
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