I recently posted about the Nanosatellite Launch Challenge. Space Florida is also involved with another space competition: Space Florida and NASA-KSC announce the 3rd Annual Planetary Lander “Egg-Drop” Competition for Florida Elementary, Middle and High School Students.
$15,000 Space Commercialization Award to SolidEnergy, MIT for “Shipstone” - Heinlein Prize Trust
Boston student wins contest for XCOR Lynx spaceflight - RLV News
Updates and Info - Sample Return Robot Challenge - This post mentions a new forum and other topics of interest to the teams. The event is less than 2 months away (June 15-18).
MoonBots heads to St. Louis for FIRST World Robotics Championships - Google Lunar X PRIZE Staff Blog
Here's some news from the Museum of Flight:
The Future of Space - I'm sure by now you know all about the introduction of Planetary Resources by X PRIZE Foundation Chairman Peter Diamandis and many others.
Planetary Resources and the Google Lunar X PRIZE - Google Lunar X PRIZE Staff Blog
Space Elevator Conference moves to the Boeing Museum of Flight! - Space Elevator Blog - According to the conference site (which is expected to be updated in early May), this includes the Strong Tether Competition and RoboQuest, a robotic climber competition for kids. According to The Artsutanov and Pearson Prizes, a recent update at ISEC, the topics for the 2013 competition will be announced at this year's conference to give more time for entries.
Here are a couple of updates on CanSats:
Worldwide CanSat Competitions - De La Cosa CanSat Team
European CanSat competition begins - ESA
The X PRIZE Foundation is working hard to develop ocean prizes:
Robots of the Sea - neXt PRIZE - Erica Wagner from The X PRIZE Foundation writes about the advisory meeting for the James Cook X PRIZE, a potential future prize for autonomous underwater vehicles.
Attention Heroes: Who Will Save The World's Oceans? - Forbes gives us some news from the X PRIZE Foundation Visioneering conference:
Wendy Schmidt, President of the Schmidt Family Foundation and spouse of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, announced her intent to sponsor a prize to address the issue (ocean acidification). ... To compete in the Ocean Health
X Prize, winners must: Build and demonstrate the most accurate and
reliable deep ocean pH sensors to help measure the global effects of
climate change on the world’s oceans.
Visioneering 2012 - X PRIZE Foundation - You can see a summary of this workshop and the top prize concepts there, as well as a number of photos of the event.