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NASA Announces Challenge Seeking Innovative Ideas to Advance Missions

5 Jun 2020, 00:00 UTC
NASA Announces Challenge Seeking Innovative Ideas to Advance Missions
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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has opened a pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge to invite fresh ideas and new participants in supporting development of new instruments and technologies to advance the agency’s science exploration goals.

The agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking novel ideas reflective of those currently trending in the commercial sector – particularly in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics and advanced sensors. The Entrepreneurs Challenge aligns with NASA’s goal to foster innovation and develop new technologies at lower costs.

“There’s a lot of energy and fresh thinking as a result of the entrepreneurial spirit that has emerged in our field over the past few years,” said Michael Seablom, NASA’s chief technologist for science. “We want to be sure we’re not leaving good ideas on the table or missing the contributions some of these potential partners could make to the exciting science missions coming up.”

To increase participation of entrepreneurs in areas relevant to its technology portfolio, SMD will award as much as $100,000 in prize funding in a three-stage process to each selected participant. All awardees will be given the opportunity to take part in follow-on activities provided by the agency’s Small Business Innovative Research ...

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