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NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge in Engineering Design: Submit by Nov 30

By: Kanchan Yadav | 25 Aug 2017 9:20 AM

NASA Big Idea Challenge

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.

This GCD-sponsored engineering design competition seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for Mars surface solar arrays. Supplying reliable electric power for human missions on the Martian surface is a critical technology need. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide a viable option but require creative engineering design and judicious operational approaches to assure successful use on Mars.

Participation in the BIG Idea Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students studying in fields applicable to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences). The BIG Idea challenge allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

This solicitation seeks innovations in the following areas for Mars solar arrays:

  • Novel packaging, deployment, retraction, and dust-abatement concepts
  • Lightweight, compact components including booms, ribs, substrates, and mechanisms
  • Optimized use of advanced ultra-lightweight materials and high efficiency solar cells
  • Validated modeling, analysis, and simulation techniques
  • High-fidelity, functioning laboratory models and test methods

Important Dates:

Date Deliverable
July 28, 2017 BIG IDEA Challenge Announced
Oct. 1, 2017 Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (optional)
Oct. 4, 2017 Q&A Webinar for interested teams
(TBA)
Nov. 30, 2017 Deadline to submit Proposal and Video online via online upload tool
Dec. 15, 2017 Teams are notified of their selection status
Dec. 18-19, 2017 Individual team feedback discussions with judges (selected teams only)
February 4, 2018 Deadline to make hotel reservations at group rate
February 4, 2018 Deadline for online registration and payment for the 2018 BIG Idea Challenge Forum
Feb. 20, 2018 Deadline to submit technical paper and oral presentation files
March 1, 2018 Deadline to apply for NASA internships via OSSI (Including letters of recommendation)
March 5-6, 2018 2018 BIG Idea Challenge Forum at NASA LaRC or NASA GRC

Contact:

National Institute of Aerospace
1100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA
Zip Code: 23666
Email: bigidea@nianet.org

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About the Author

Kanchan Yadav

The author is a final year law student from Calcutta who takes her subject seriously and passionately. Spends most of her time online, with dozens of browser tabs open at a time. Is a bookworm, pop-culture geek, and a foodie. Willing to work for pizza.

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