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Past Centennial Challenges

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    Power Beaming

    This challenge is a practical demonstration of wireless power transmission.

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    Strong Tether

    This is a challenge in materials engineering in which the tether provided by each team is subjected to a pull test.

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    Green Flight

    The Green Flight Challenge is for super-efficient, quiet, and safe aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight while achieving an efficiency equivalent to at least 200 passenger miles per gallon.

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    Regolith Excavation

    In this challenge, teams designed and built robotic machines to excavate simulated lunar soil (regolith).

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    Lunar Lander

    The Lunar Lander Challenge involved building and flying a rocket-powered vehicle that simulates the flight of a vehicle on the Moon.

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    Astronaut Glove

    The Astronaut Glove Challenge seeked improvements to glove design that reduce the effort needed to perform tasks in space and improve the durability of the glove.

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    In this challenge, teams were required to generate breathable oxygen from simulated lunar soil.

Mission Overview

    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

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