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Gateways to Blue Skies Competition: Advancing Aviation for Natural Disasters

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

As climate change increasingly influences the frequency and severity of natural disasters on a global scale, opportunities to contribute at the intersection of technological advancement, aviation, and natural disasters grow in both number and importance. NASA Aeronautics is dedicated to expanding its efforts to assist commercial, industry, and government partners in advancing aviation-related systems that could help prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impacts, and speed up recovery efforts.

In the Blue Skies Competition, collegiate student teams will conceptualize, in terms of feasibility and viability, aviation-related system(s) that can be applied by 2035 to one phase of management of a chosen type of natural disaster. Teams are encouraged to consider high-potential technologies and systems that aren't currently mainstream or highly regarded as becoming mainstream in the future.

Based on a review of proposal and video submissions by a panel of NASA and industry subject matter experts, up to 8 finalist teams will be selected to receive an $8,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in the Gateways to Blue Skies Competition & Forum, held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA in May. Winners are offered internships within NASA Aeronautics during the academic year following the competition.

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)
National Institute of Aerospace (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Sensor Science & Engineering
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems
STEM Fields
Transportation Systems

Aviation & Avionics
Climate Change
Climate Prediction
Data Analysis
Environmental Change
Environmental Management
Environmental Risk Assessment
Environmental Sensors
Hazard Mitigation

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

Page last updated 10/23/2023
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