NASA launches $5 million contest to seek out CubeSats for deep area missions

NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions

Consideration, scientists, hobbyists and anybody in between who can design a imply CubeSat, or a mini dice-like satellite tv for pc, for area exploration: registration is now open for NASA’s Dice Quest contest, and the company’s giving out money prizes value a complete of $5 million. NASA’s no stranger to holding competitions in an effort to faucet into the sensible minds of parents outdoors their roster of staff, however this one is quite a bit greater than lots of its earlier occasions. See, contenders will compete not just for money prizes, but in addition for a spot on the Orion spacecraft throughout its first built-in flight with the company’s upcoming monster rocket referred to as Area Launch System.

The SLS’ first flight is not scheduled to blast off till someday earlier than November 2018. Dice Quest contenders might want to take part in any of the 4 floor tournaments (the company’s earmarking $500,000 to offer out as prizes for these preliminary contests) to be held each 4 to 6 months earlier than then. People who excel at these floor checks are those that will probably be ferried to area by Orion and SLS, the place they will undergo much more rigorous testing.

The satellite tv for pc(s) that may journey farther than 2.5 million miles (or 10 occasions the space between Earth the moon) and may stay able to communication from that distance will win $1.5 million. In the meantime, the satellite tv for pc(s) that may perform whereas touring alongside the lunar orbit will win $three million. The company’s hoping to seek out efficient and reasonably priced CubeSat designs by way of this competitors to be used in deep area missions. As NASA’s Eric Eberly says:

If we will produce capabilities often related to bigger spacecraft within the a lot smaller platform of CubeSats, a dramatic enchancment within the affordability of area missions will end result, significantly growing science and analysis prospects.

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