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Overview: Centennial Challenges
The Centennial Challenges seek to:
- Drive progress in aerospace technology of value to NASA's missions
- Encourage the participation of independent teams, individual inventors, student groups and private companies of all sizes in aerospace research and development
- Find the most innovative solutions to technical challenges through competition and cooperation
› Centennial Challenges Overview Brochure (PDF, 2.0 Mb)
› Centennial Challenges Fact Sheet (PDF, 290 Kb)
› Centennial Challenges FAQ (PDF, 93 Kb)
› Technology Days Presentation – Cleveland, November 28, 2012
Sample Return Robot
To demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The prize purse is $1.5 million.
To demonstrate a solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate in darkness using its own stored energy. The prize purse is $1.5 million.
UAS Airspace Operations Challenge (AOC)
A challenge currently in development to demonstrate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) that can safely "sense and avoid" other air traffic, even when faced with a variety of onboard system failures. The prize purse is $500,000.
After the Challenge
A new challenge is beginning for those who choose to continue their pursuit of excellence.
Review some of the past challenges including Regolith Excavation, Lunar Lander, Astronaut Glove and ideas submitted by the public.
View information on the past competitions.
In the Media
NASA Touts Successes Of Centennial Challenges (Aviation Week & Space Technology)
03.04.13 - With its budget under pressure and its future under debate, prize challenges and competitions have a unique appeal to NASA.
LaserMotive Powers Up Its First Project (FutureTech)
02.13.13 - LaserMotive, a company known for using lasers to transmit power through the air, is expanding to a new medium: fiber-optic cables.
ERAU Engineer, Aviator Named Florida's Top Professor (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
11.15.12 - Pat Anderson's dedication to teaching has earned him the honor of being named the 2012 Florida Professor of the Year.