The NASA has reached bent everyone — including school students — during a bid to form its Moon and Mars missions a hit, tech website End Gadget reported.
According to the publication, NASA commenced a replacement round of its Moon to Mars Exploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge (M2M X-Hab) that challenges university students to review and develop space-faring tech.
“The challenge will reward work on habitation, vehicles, robotic advance missions, “foundational systems” [think autonomous mission tech and remote manufacturing] and human spaceflight architecture focused on the lunar Gateway,” said the publication.
Students shortlisted within the program would get a $15,000-50,000 amount but the agency clarified that the reward money wasn’t set for less than tangible products. It could even be given on research that filled “knowledge gaps” or reduces risks, as an example.
The proposals are often submitted to the agency by April 24.
According to the web site, the competition might not end in any major breakthrough in NASA’s Moon and Mars expeditions but noted that similar competitions held within the past have developed inflatable airlock modules and other concepts that would play important roles for astronauts.
The NASA said it hoped that its M2M X-Hab mission would allow it to specialize in the broader problems involved traveling to and surviving in places beyond Earth.