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FLOATing DRAGON Balloon Challenge

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

The FLOATing DRAGON (Formulate, Lift, Observe, and Testing: Data Recovery and Guided On-board Node) Balloon Challenge asks collegiate students to develop a concept and preliminary prototype for a system capable of delivering a data vault to the ground in a guided, safe manner.

Approximately four teams will be chosen to build and test their prototypes. Each finalist team will receive $5,000 to offset some development and participation costs. Upon successfully passing a rigorous mission review process (with the guidance of a dedicated NASA mission manager), finalist teams will conduct a test drop of their data recovery system in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, in August. The winning team may have an opportunity to integrate their system into official NASA development.
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Participating Institution(s):
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NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Lead)
National Institute of Aerospace

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Computational Sciences
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Computer Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Sensor Science & Engineering
STEM Fields
Transportation Systems

Computational Transportation
Data Science
Engineering Research
Sensor Applications

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

Page last updated 3/13/2023
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