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Human Lander Challenge (HuLC)

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

When Artemis astronauts land on the Moon, their spacecraft will stir up a cloud of dust. This effect is called plume-surface interaction (PSI) and it can increase risks caused by lunar dust. NASA's HuLC competition seeks near-term, innovative solutions that can help NASA understand, mitigate, and manage the impacts of lunar PSI. Potential solutions might include development of dust shields, creating flight instrumentation dedicated to managing plume surface interactions, finding ways to see through the dust cloud during landing, or tracking dust during ascent and descent.

Up to 12 teams will be selected to receive $7,000 to continue developing their proposed concepts and compete at the inaugural Human Lander Challenge Forum in Huntsville, Ala.. The top three teams will share a total prize of $18,000.

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Participating Institution(s):
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National Institute of Aerospace (Lead)
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Computational Sciences
Computer Sciences
Geological Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
STEM Fields

Applied Physics
Coarse Particle Composition
Computational Modeling
Mathematical Physics
Planetary Atmospheres
Planetary Geology
Problem Solving
Space Exploration

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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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