This Challenge seeks bio-inspired approaches for compact and efficient Advanced Exercise Concepts (AECs). These concepts are needed to counteract muscular atrophy and improve the overall wellness of astronauts living in zero-gravity during a 21day mission.
NASA Bio-Inspired Advanced Exercise Device: Information Webinar. Register here
On Thursday 29 October from 11:00 - 11:45 am EDT, the NASA Challenge Owner will hold a webinar to share:
Attendees at this event will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions through a chat box (no intellectual property is to be shared). Join us for the live webinar, you must register to attend. For those that cannot attend, the recording link will be made available several days later. All submissions for this Challenge must be made through the InnoCentive website prior to the deadline.
NASA, in partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society, announces the premier of CineSpace: NASA Imagery – Your Vision. In CineSpace, participants are invited to create their own cinematic vision, inspired by and using actual NASA footage.
NASA is embarking on a long-term effort of “pioneering space” for this and future generations. In this context, “pioneering space” is defined as the ability for humans to go further and stay longer in space with an ever decreasing need to be reliant on Earth, approaching “Earth independence”.
For this specific Challenge, the Solver is asked to focus on particular elements of “pioneering space,” namely those elements needed to establish a continuous human presence on Mars.
NASA is seeking a new sealing method or device to reversibly join the edges of flexible materials. The seal device will be integrated into an inflatable airlock, and utilized to facilitate extravehicular activity (EVA). This effort is a part of a new concept of inflatable, membrane-based space modules, which can be deployed when needed to provide expandable working and living space for astronauts.
What types of approaches can be used to create an airtight seal between the edges of flexible fabric-like materials of these modules? The sealing methods or devices need to be easy to use, light, flexible for storage, yet robust and reliable.
This is an ideation challenge and only requires a written solution.
NASA is looking for ways to reduce astronauts’ exposure to Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) while on long duration deep space missions. Currently, exposure to GCR limits mission duration to approximately 150 days while a mission to Mars would take 500 days, thus any further meaningful human exploration missions of space depends on finding a solution to this problem. Indeed, even travelling to Mars requires a solution to this Challenge.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for Balance mass (“dead weight”) that is jettisoned from Mars landers like the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Payloads replacing Balance mass should perform some type of scientific or technological function adding to our knowledge base while closely matching the volume and weight characteristics of the original Balance mass. Ideas are welcomed from all disciplines.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
NASA is seeking applications that utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in new and creative ways. This Challenge is being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop to engage and enable individuals and groups to provide new contributions and insight to address global climate change.
This Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. In addition, NASA plans to announce winning Solvers and submissions at the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco December 15 – 19, 2014.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and delivery of an application that accomplishes the Challenge objectives.
This Challenge has closed but be sure to enter NASA OpenNEX Challenge 2! Now Open!.
NASA is seeking creative new ways to utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This Challenge is being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop to engage and enable individuals and groups to provide new contributions and insight to address global climate change.
This Challenge seeks a non-invasive method or technology to measure the absolute intracranial pressure (i.e., the pressure of the interior of a human’s head).
NASA is looking for a new method to measure the strain on Kevlar and Vectran straps in the 25 to 125°C range. Measurement by traditional contact extensometers has caused damage and premature failure. Non-contact methods such as photogrammetry have worked well with certain samples and at room temperature, but some samples, where the fibers twist and bulge during the measurement at the elevated temperature range, cannot be measured. A technique is needed to accurately measure the strain in these samples, given the fiber movement.