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FLOATing DRAGON Balloon Challenge


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Academic Level:
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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Description:
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.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 10/20/2022
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Program Dates: 11/7/2022 - 1/8/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Lead)
NASA
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
Mathematics
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Robotics
Sensor Science & Engineering
STEM Fields
Transportation Systems

Keywords:
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 8/9/2022
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