Finalists for the $110,000 NewSpace2012 Business Plan Competition Have Been Selected - NewSpace Business Plan Competition
Here are some photo sets and summaries of the recently-held Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge and associated festival at WPI. As you can tell from the excerpts I've pulled out, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens with the challenge in the future.
NASA Centennial Challenge, Touch Tomorrow Draw 7,000 Visitors to WPI - WPI Connection:
“Touch Tomorrow, which we hope will become an annual event, is designed
to inspire young people, their families and teachers through exposure to
and interaction with advanced aerospace and robotics technology.”
Stafford said NASA will continue the Centennial Challenge competition at WPI again next year.
“Absolutely. We are happy with it, and from everything I’ve heard,
NASA is thrilled by our venue. We will certainly endeavor to have it.
It will be a different competition site, but it will be hosted by WPI.”
Sample Return Robot Return Challenge at WPI Concludes - NASA
20120616 Robot Challenge - Photo set from NASAHQ with detailed descriptions attached to each photo
No bot wins robot challenge - Cosmic Log
Update from the Challenge - Sample Return Robot Challenge at WPI - From the comments:
The decision on whether or not this challenge will continue still needs
to be discussed and decided. The goal is to have a decision and
announcement on the future of this challenge as soon as possible.
Tongal/NASA Zero Robotics Video Challenge - Space for All
Utah State wins 2012 University Student Launch Project rocketry challenge - Space for All
2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest - NASA Hack Space
Students compete with Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - RLV News
X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Has His Eyes on the Future - Wired - This interview has the following interesting note on a potential X PRIZE:
The Tri-State Carbon Capture X Prize is 50 percent funded. Sequestering
carbon from a coal plant’s smokestack currently takes up to 30 percent
of the plant’s energy. An energy company called Tri-State has put up not
only half of the money but one of its plants as a test bed. Teams will
tap the facility’s effluent at full pressure, temperature, and CO2
concentration. The team that captures the most CO2 and turns it into the
most valuable product takes the prize.
Final Frontier Design creating budget space suit for private space industry - GizMag
New York startup pitches commercial spacesuit on Kickstarter - Wired.Co.UK on the second place winners of the final Astronaut Glove Challenge