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BIG Idea Challenge:

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Undergraduates - First Year
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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The 2020 BIG Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, build, and test a low-cost sample payload targeted for delivery to the lunar surface. The proposed payload should demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs) in and near at the lunar polar regions. This competition is intended to be an open innovation challenge with minimal constraints so that proposing teams can genuinely create and develop out-of-the-box solutions.

Through the 2020 BIG Idea Challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide variety of concepts, systems, and technology demonstrations supported by solid engineering rigor that will address near-term technology capability requirements to support NASA's exploration objectives for PSRs in and near the Moon's polar regions.

Specifically, teams of students and their faculty advisors are invited to propose innovative solutions with supporting original engineering and analysis in response to one of the following areas:

-Exploration of PSRs in lunar polar regions.

-Technologies to support lunar in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) in a PSR.

-Capabilities to explore and operate in PSRs.

Application Deadline: 9/20/2020

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 4/23/2020
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