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Launched in 2021, this NASA competition enables technology developers to compete for development funding to advance an innovation that addresses a current NASA technology need. Competition winners receive a cash prize and access to a suborbital or orbital flight opportunity on one of several commercial flight platforms. TechLeap is conducted under the America COMPETES Act and is administered by Carrot, NASA’s Tournament Lab contractor.

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TechLeap is open to qualified commercial businesses, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, and other innovators.

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Zachary Gaines, a rising senior in Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Space Lab, points out the camera and sensor used in the team’s Bronco Ember technology to detect and track wildfires and other terrestrial events on Earth and other planets.
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Latest Solicitation

Universal Payload Interface Challenge

This solicitation invites applicants to propose an optimized “system of systems” to enable easy integration of diverse technology payloads onto various commercial suborbital vehicles, orbital platforms, and planetary landers. The proposed universal payload interfaces should seamlessly adapt a wide range of small space payloads – be they technologies, laboratory instruments, or scientific experiments – for flight testing.

  • Registration deadline: February 1, 2024, at 5pm ET
  • Application deadline: February 22, 2024, at 5pm ET

Q&A Wednesday, December 13, 1:00-2:00 pm PT  •  Watch Recording

Webinar: NASA TechLeap Universal Payload Interface ChallengeWatch Recording

To find more information about this challenge, visit:

https://www.upic.nasatechleap.org/

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