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Non Ablative Nose Cone Material

TAGS: Ideation
STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: Apr 30 2009
SOURCE: InnoCentive

There is a need for a non-ablative, erosion resistant material to be used as a thermal protection system for a nose cone on a small, single-stage hypersonic rocket.

This is an Ideation Challenge so your creativity and experience qualify you to participate in this challenge. Responses are expected to be about 2-3 written pages not including figures.

Challenge ID: 8248861
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Challenge Overview
There is a need for a non-ablative, erosion resistant material to be used as a thermal protection system for a nose cone on a small, single-stage hypersonic rocket.

NOTE: The possibility is recognized that a nose cone material or subsystem which satisfies all objectives may not exist. Proposed solutions concepts are welcome that show high performance potential relative to these requirements and/or objectives. A controlled ablative system may be considered if a non-ablation solution cannot be found.

This Challenge is an Ideation Challenge, which varies from traditional InnoCentive Challenges in the following ways:

  • There is a guaranteed award. The awards will be paid to the best submission(s), which are solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000. The Seeker can payout as one award or split it among the best submissions. No award will be less than $1,000.
  • Your submission will identify and describe an application that meets the requirements of the challenge. You are required to give the Seeker a free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information submitted for this challenge.

The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision after the challenge deadline. All Solvers that provide a submission will be notified as to the status of their submission; however, there will not be any detailed evaluation of your submission given.
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An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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