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Aftershock: NASA Shock Propagation Prediction Challenge

Engineers at NASA are working to make revolutionary improvements to aviation, expand understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, and develop technology for space exploration.Different components on the spacecraft and its payload, such as the onboard electronics, are impacted by these events and may be damaged by different frequencies of the shock spectrum. For example, electronics are more susceptible to high frequencies and structural components may be more susceptible to lower frequencies. Because of the potential damage due to the shock propagating through the spacecraft, it is important to model the propagation as closely as possible to reduce the risk of a component failure. Unfortunately, this is a difficult problem given the variety of materials onboard a spacecraft and the complicated propagation paths. NASA created standards in the early days of spaceflight based on extensive testing across structures. While these old models are better than nothing, mathematical methods and high-performance computing tools are well-suited to provide better models for shock propagation. The Aftershock Challenge provides you the opportunity to show NASA what you’ve got by showing how well you can model shock propagation through a satellite structure.

Award: $50,000 in total prizes

Open Date: January 26, 2022

Close Date: May 1, 2022

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