Call To Engineers: NASA Needs Energy Solutions for Moon Missions

NASA and HeroX have launched a prize competition for ideas to develop strong energy solutions for NASA's Artemis program.
Fabienne Lang
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NASA's Artemis mission will be sending a woman to and returning a man astronaut from the Moon by 2024. The Artemis program is in full swing with crewless missions set to launch next year.

There are still a few steps that NASA needs to take before being able to safely do so, however. So HeroX and NASA have partnered up, as HeroX carries out a prize competition for the space agency. The point is to incentivize the development of a strong energy solution for the mission to the Moon. 

If you win, you could take home $5 million, not to mention having acquired a fantastic experience and a great addition to your C.V.


It's competition time

As of September 25th, HeroX's "NASA's Watts on the Moon Challenge" officially starting accepting entries. If you wish to enter, you have until March 25, 2021 to do so. 

What NASA is looking for are ways to sustain human presence on the Moon. The Moon offers plenty of solar energy, however, when night falls it's an entirely different kettle of fish. These dark nights can last for 350 hours — the equivalent of two weeks.

Because of these long and dark hours, using solar energy becomes rather complex. Add in a mixture of drastic drops in temperature and it's no easy feat using solar energy out there. 

NASA is now looking at you for some help. In this particular challenge, NASA is looking for ways to store energy, properly manage it, and distribute it, all in order to keep humans functioning safely on the Moon. 

CEO of HeroX, Christian Cotichini, mentioned that "This has exciting implications for space exploration, and it could also improve life down here on Earth, in terms of renewable energy use and storage."

What do you have to do?

Send your ideas to HeroX via the challenge web page and you may win up to $5 million in total. You may be able to showcase your solutions in NASA's facilities, and you may even end up seeing your idea operate on the Moon, per PR Newswire.

Depending on how well you do in each phase, you move onto the next one, and so on. 

There are a couple of rules, however. You have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you have to be over 18 years old, among other restrictions.

Why not give it a shot? Here's the link to the challenge entry page, outlining all the relevant details required. 

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