NASA is looking for a system that augments the exercise experience and captures psychological and physiological measures while the individual crew member is participating in prescribed exercise regimens. This virtual, interactive system will serve as a countermeasure by enhancing the exercise experience.
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NASA requires a method/process to track medication and medical consumables usage from a common medical kit. Items must be tracked to the specific user with minimal participation by the user. The system should track what has been used, by whom and which items need to be replaced due to use or expiration date.
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NASA Challenge: Long-Distance space travel will require astronauts to be able to launder clothing in space. There are currently few or no efficient means of washing clothing within the micro-gravity of space since terrestrial cleaning processes cannot be directly applied. This Challenge asks Solvers to conceive of new methods of cleaning clothing such that it can be performed either on the International Space Station or aboard a vehicle that travels beyond low-earth orbit. More details can be found inside this Challenge.
The Simple Microgravity Laundry Challenge seeks concepts for a minimal system that provides laundry freshening and some amount of cleaning capability. The laundry system would enable clothing to be reused several times but not necessarily indefinitely as with conventional terrestrial laundry systems. It is the intent that this limited cleaning capability will significantly decrease laundry complexity and the impact on spacecraft resources, including water, consumables, and power. The mass of the laundry system equipment plus the required spacecraft resource mass to clean the clothing must be significantly less than the reduction in clothing mass that results from the ability to reuse clothing.
In the future NASA hopes to deploy swarms of sensors in order to collect sophisticated datasets in extraterrestrial environments. The Seeker would like help in determining the optimal methods of coordinating the activity and locomotion of the sensor swarm.
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Forecasting solar activity is important for future manned and unmanned exploration of the solar system. The Seeker wishes to develop the ability to forecast the occurrence of a Solar Particle Event (SPE) within a select window in time. Methods must make use of current real-time space weather measurements and/or archived space weather data.
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As we go deeper into space and spend more time on the International Space Station (ISS), missions become longer, requiring packaged food to be stored for longer periods of time with even greater restrictions on size, weight and waste disposal. New food packaging technologies are needed that have adequate oxygen and water barrier properties to maintain the foods' quality over a 3 - 5 year shelf life. The new packaging must have improved barrier properties, remain lightweight and be compatible to sterilization processes and proper disposal.
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NASA is looking for a novel engineering mechanism for a compact, effective aerobic and resistive exercise device. They are not looking for you to design the complete device, but just the engineering mechanism that could deliver the proper resistive and aerobic motions for exercises in space under very limited or zero gravity. There are very specific size and space requirements.
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