NASA Centennial Challenges
NASA Centennial Challenges started in 2005, and have included:
- Lunar Vertical Lander Challenge, in conjunction with the X-Prize Foundation and Northrup Grumman -- a series of test vehicle flights on Earth with certain lunar-equivalent flight distance and time requirements, won by Masten Space Systems ($ 1 million) and Armadillo Aerospace ($ 350,000) in 2008 and 2009.
- Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge -- robotic vehicles excavating simulated lunar materials on Earth, with $500,000 won by a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
- Moon Regolith Oxygen (MoonROx) Challenge -- to extract oxygen from simulated lunar regolith, ran from 2005 to 2009 with no winners.
- Lunar Glove Challenge -- won by Peter K. Homer (total of $ 450,000) and Ted Southern ($ 100,000).
Currently ongoing challenges:
- Night Rover Challenge -- a solar powered robot which can use a battery which can stay alive on batteries for a long time in simulated harsh environments like the lunar night, with $ 1.5 million in prize money, still being organized
- Sample Return Robot Challenge -- to navigate rough terrain and retrieve geological samples, with registration ended already in 2011 and the competition to begin in the summer of 2012.
There are additional challenges being considered by NASA.
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PERMANENT needs a PHP / MySQL (actually, MariaDB) programmer. Are you a PHP / MySQL programmer interested in getting into space development as a career, or already working in space development? Or do you know somebody else who might be interested?
There is an ongoing process to update this website in 2019 with a target relaunch in 2020.
This website is actually very out of date. Much of the website text content was written in the 1980s to early 2000s, but that's a different matter. As regards PHP / MySQL, some offline databases go into the 2010s, as regards professional publications, engineers, companies, etc., and this is what we need programming help with. We are updating our databases on people, organizations, publications, and other things, for open source space development for all.
The current status is we have some working databases which we have been using internally for a long time for organizing professional publications, and to track people (authors, R&D people, other professionals, quality volunteers, journalists, etc.) and organizations. We want to put information online for the general public pending a security review of the programming code.
Step 1 is fixing some bugs in what we already have, the PHP code. It is functional, and been used a long time, but there are some bugs.
Step 2 will be improving the system. Some small improvements would help its usability.
Step 3 will be a security check for putting it online for the general public to be able to access and use, but with reasonable protection against hackers.
After Step 3, the main mission is accomplished, as regards PHP / MySQL, though of course we hope to keep people engaged and happy, and the sky's not the limit.
This is a volunteer, unpaid role at this point in time. A limited paid role would be considered on a tight budget, such as for at least bug fixing with some minor improvements, and/or a security review of our code before it goes online publicly. If you or one of your friends or associates may be interested, please send an email to spaceprogrammer at ... of course this domain.
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