NASA EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS CHALLENGE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) POSTED IN FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNTIES
A RFI [http://go.usa.g
has been issued in FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNTIES for a new prize
competition being considered by NASA. As currently envisioned the
Extreme Environments Challenge would focus on finding innovative
solutions to the problems surrounding the survival and operations of
scientific probes in extreme environments, such as on the surface of
Venus where temperatures approach 500° C, the atmospheric pressure is
about 90 times that at the Earth’s surface, and the atmosphere is
corrosive. The approach being considered would entail a series of
competitions that would focus on 1) electronics and mechanisms, and 2)
thermal management, and 3) power with a culminating systems integration
purpose of the RFI is to (1) gather feedback on the competition being
considered, the prize amounts and distribution structure, (2) to
determine the level of interest in potentially competing in various
phases of this Challenge, and (3) understand the applicability of the
challenge capabilities for other terrestrial applications.
competitors, technical experts, interested parties, and the public are
encouraged review the RFI and to submit comments to NASA [HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov] on the competition structure, requirements, and award metrics that should be added, modified, or deleted.
potential challenge is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, in
which NASA provides the prize purse and the competitions are managed by
non-profit organizations that cover the cost of operations through
commercial or private sponsorships. NASA’s Centennial Challenges seek
unconventional solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.
Competitors have included private companies, student groups, and
independent inventors working outside the traditional aerospace
industry. Unlike contracts or grants, prizes are awarded only after
solutions are successfully demonstrated.