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NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies Competition: Advancing Aviation for Natural Disasters

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In the 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies Competition, teams will conceptualize, in terms of feasibility and viability, aviation-related system(s) that can be applied to one phase of management for a chosen type of natural disaster by 2035. The competition emphasizes conceptualizing high-potential technologies and systems that aren’t currently mainstream or highly regarded as becoming mainstream in the future. As climate change increasingly influences the frequency and severity of natural disasters on a global scale, opportunities to contribute at the intersection of technological advancement, aviation, and natural disasters grow in both number and importance. NASA Aeronautics is dedicated to expanding its efforts to assist commercial, industry, and government partners in advancing aviation related systems that could help prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impacts, and speed up recovery efforts.

The competition is open to teams of full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students at accredited U.S.-based community colleges, colleges, or universities. Teams from Minority Serving Institutions, multi-disciplinary teams, and teams with diverse academic backgrounds who have an interest in aviation and/or aeronautics are highly encouraged to apply.

Up to 8 teams will be selected to receive $8,000 to facilitate full competition participation, including attending the annual Blue Skies Forum, to be held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, in June 2024. The competition prize is up to six NASA Aeronautics internships.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent by Oct. 16. Proposals are due Feb. 27, 2024.

Visit the Gateways to Blue Skies Competition Website for full details.

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