Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NASA Boosts Rice Business Plan Competition Support

NASA Adds $60,000 in Prizes to the 2009 Rice Business Plan Competition - SpaceRef:

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Announces Three New $20,000 NASA Earth/Space Engineering Innovation Prizes to the Worlds Largest and Richest Competition. ... The three new NASA Earth/Space Engineering Innovation Prizes will be awarded by NASA for the best business plans that represent an engineering technology which has applications to both the NASA space program and to Earth-based activities. These awards will be in addition to the $20,000 NASA Earth/Space Life Sciences Innovation Award, for a total of $80,000 in cash to be awarded by NASA. ...

Technology innovation examples include:

  • Power, Propulsion and Chemical Processing
  • Communications, Avionics and Sensors
  • Space Habitation/Life Support Systems
  • Mobility and Mechanisms - including In Situ Resource Utilization
  • Analysis and Integration
  • Thermal Systems
  • Operations, Supportability and Logistics
  • Structures and Radiation Shielding
  • Cross Cutting/Systems Engineering Innovations are also sought