Future human Mars from using Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) technology.  Credit: NASA/Langley

Future human Mars from using Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) technology.
Credit: NASA/Langley

Future Mars missions would greatly benefit from using Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) technology.

HIAD-based entry vehicles that generate lift can provide additional mission flexibility.

NASA’s is on the hunt for 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).

Wanted: innovative ideas

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

Lots of high-tech work ahead to firmly plant boots on Mars. Credit: NASA/STMD

Lots of high-tech work ahead to firmly plant boots on Mars.
Credit: NASA/STMD

This GCDP-sponsored engineering design competition seeks innovative Ideas from the academic community for generating lift using HIAD technology.

In 2016, up to 4 teams may be chosen to compete at the BIG Idea Forum at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Each team will receive a monetary award to facilitate full participation in the BIG Idea Forum. The top winning team members will receive internship offers for the following summer from GCDP.

More information

The BIG Idea Challenge is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of NASA.

Credit: NIA/NASA

Credit: NIA/NASA

Note that there is an optional deadline of October 9, 2015 to submit a Notice of Intent to take part in the challenge.

For more information on this challenge, go to:

http://bigidea.nianet.org/

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