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2011-09-19 13:03:29

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize. During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies....

2011-09-19 11:24:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The...

2011-05-25 19:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Hawaii have agreed to collaborate on a wide range of activities to promote America's human and robotic exploration of space. The partnership also will contribute to the development of education programs and foster economic opportunities including new, high-tech jobs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Rebecca Keiser signed a...

2011-03-10 14:39:20

NASA is seeking partner organizations to manage the agency's upcoming Night Rover and Nano-Satellite Launcher Centennial Challenges. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. The challenges are extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards only are made after solutions are successfully demonstrated....

2011-02-07 10:35:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed an agreement with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) of Worcester, Mass., to manage the Sample Return Robot Challenge, one of the agency's new Centennial Challenges prize competitions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The challenge will demonstrate how a robot can locate and retrieve geologic samples from varied terrain without human control. This challenge has a prize purse of $1.5...

2011-02-05 00:00:45

Prototype space suit gloves incorporating Flagsuit's award-winning flexible joints will be delivered to NASA for suit-level testing. Southwest Harbor, ME (PRWEB) February 4, 2011 Flagsuit LLC, developer of "articulated inflatables" which include space suit components and hyperbaric suits, was recently awarded a contract to develop improved space suit glove assemblies for NASA. Under the sole-source contract Flagsuit will develop and test a number of advanced concepts, selecting the best to...

2010-09-07 15:00:09

NASA's pioneering use of prize competitions and innovation challenges is a dramatic departure from government's  traditional "business as usual." The agency's innovation and technology challenges include prizes that encourage independent teams to race to achieve bold goals -- without any upfront government funding. NASA benefits from private sector investments many times greater than the cash value of prizes, and the agency only pays for results. "NASA prize competitions unlock the...

2010-08-09 06:32:09

NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to purchase specific data resulting from industry efforts to test and verify vehicle capabilities through demonstrations of small robotic landers. The purpose is to inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles. The Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) BAA will result in multiple small firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a total value up to $30.1 million through 2012. Multiple...

2010-07-13 10:14:41

NASA announced three new Centennial Challenges Tuesday, with an overall prize purse of $5 million. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. "NASA sponsors prize competitions because the agency believes student teams, private companies of all sizes and citizen-inventors can provide creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation," said Bobby Braun, the agency's chief...

2010-06-22 12:51:29

NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist will host an industry forum July 13-14 to discuss the agency's proposed new space technology investments and announce three new Centennial Challenges prize competitions. The forum will be held at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd. East, in Adelphi. Reporters may register to attend the forum and participate in a media briefing on Tuesday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. EDT. During the briefing, NASA officials will discuss...