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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...

2010-08-31 08:46:56

NASA's Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR) has awarded a total of approximately $475,000 to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif. The awards will allow the two companies to perform test flights of their experimental vehicles near the edge of space. The flights will demonstrate the capabilities of new vehicles to provide recoverable launch and testing of small payloads going to "near-space," the region of Earth's atmosphere...

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...

2010-06-04 07:48:12

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun and Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) will visit the West Philadelphia High School X-Car Team at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 7. The team is part of a student after-school club who built an international prize-winning experimental gas-saving car. Braun's visit emphasizes the space agency's interest in student teams, private companies of all sizes and citizen-inventors' creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation. Reporters are invited to...

2010-06-03 17:37:00

PHILADELPHIA, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Chief Technologist, at the invitation of Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), will meet the engineers and innovators of tomorrow in an extraordinary visit to the West Philly Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School on Monday June 7 at 3 p.m. Building the next generation of automobiles today, these bright students are poised to be the future of space engineering as well. The prize-winning West Philly Hybrid X Team, under the direction...