NASA is currently seeking feedback on the Watts on the Moon Challenge. To view and respond to the Request for Information, please click here.
As NASA prepares to land astronauts at the Moon’s South Pole in 2024 and for future human exploration of Mars, there is a mission need to distribute, store, and manage power generated by different sources. As humans venture farther from Earth for longer periods of time, missions will rely on architectures and power systems that utilize sustainable technologies. These technologies should provide uninterrupted power to perform various operations on the Moon and Mars.
NASA is considering opening the Watts on the Moon Challenge to incentivize solutions that address technology gaps in the areas of high capacity, adaptable, and reliable lunar power storage, distribution, and management systems that could support a sustainable human presence on the Moon later in the decade and then later, on the surface of Mars.
The challenge will present a mission scenario with three mission activities. Participants will have the opportunity to choose one or more of the following activities to address with their solutions.
The challenge is expected to consist of two phases and last no longer than three years. NASA is anticipating launching the challenge no earlier than September 25, 2020.
Help Shape the Watts on the Moon Challenge
NASA has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to gather feedback on the challenge as well as determine the interest level in potentially competing in this competition. You can submit your feedback until July 24, 2020.
Please click here to view the RFI, draft challenge rules, and submit your feedback.
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