NASA has announced a new challenge that involves proposals and more from university teams interested in helping people return to the moon (and also travel to Mars). The new opportunity is called 2021 Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab), or M2M X-Hab for short. University team proposals will be accepted by the end of April.
NASA offers awards in the range of $ 15,000 to $ 50,000 for proposals covering a variety of topics, including vehicle and housing systems, robot precursor activities, basic systems, and architectural systems for human space travel that address the focus future gateway.
The space agency is specifically looking for proposals to overcome "technology barriers" in connection with these issues, as well as proposals for "advancing technology" in one of the categories. Only university teams can take part in this challenge. You must submit your proposals to NASA for review by April 24. The funds granted are used for studies, the production of functional products and more.
NASA describes the challenge as a way to build partnerships with the next generation of scientists, particularly with a focus on its new Artemis program and its ambitions to bring people to the moon and finally to Mars. The work done as part of this challenge can also help university students gain a foothold in future aerospace careers.
The awards are given by the Space Agency's Advanced Exploration Systems in collaboration with the National Space Grant Foundation. NASA has partnered with a number of private teams and companies to strengthen their lunar ambitions. This includes the start of the gateway, robotics missions to search for water on the moon and the eventual return of two astronauts to the surface of the moon.