Thursday, April 29, 2010

Prize Roundup: NASA MICI, LaserMotive Website, Moonraker at Maker, OSTP and Case Foundation Event, Automotive Testing Phase, Much More

@tedprize: Jill Tarter named one of the most influential women in technology 2010 by Fast Company magazine #TED #SETI

@glxp: NASA's Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is now on Twitter: @NASAMICI. Welcome!

Here's the NASA MICI site. From the site:

This NASA funded program, which is managed by Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), provides a year-round virtual conference platform where students from across the country can participate in free interactive educational sessions of their choosing. Many of the sessions will focus on competitions found within NASA’s Centennial Challenges program ... students will also learn how to complete in other NASA sponsored competitions created specifically for Universities including: the Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition for Colleges/Universities, The NASA University Student Launch Initiative, University Business Plan Contest for Engineering Technology, and the Great Moonbuggy Race.

@paulsrobotics - Moonraker will be on display at the Maker's Faire in San Mateo on May 22-23, come check it out if you're in the area!

April 2010 Update - Kiwi 2 Space

New LaserMotive Website Is Live - LaserMotive:

The design will be undergoing some tweaks over the next few days, so check back next week (when we will also have more news)!

Laser Power for UAVs - LaserMotive White Paper

Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize Awarded to the University of Arkansas - The Heinlein Prize

University of Arkansas Teams Take Top Prizes at Rice University Business Plan Competition - University of Arkansas

Pete Worden Receives Arthur C. Clarke Award - NASA Watch

More about MiniSpaceWorld Contest 2010: MoonDreams - Space for All

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #16 - Luna C/I: Moon Colonization and Integration

X PRIZE Foundation Open House - TechZulu

Mechanisms Partner: TU Munich Satellite Technology Group - White Label Space

Government contests offer different way to find solutions for problems - The Washington Post:

... on Friday, hoping to scatter the concept more broadly throughout the government, the White House and the Case Foundation will team up with federal employees from 35 agencies in an all-day strategy session titled "Promoting Innovation: Prizes, Challenges and Open Grantmaking."

Promoting Innovation: We want you to join the discussion! - Case Foundation

Public Input Solicited for Conference on Prizes and Challenges - OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) Blog

Peter Diamandis discusses commercial spaceflight projects - RLV News

Briefs: ARCA test update; Bad day in Alice Springs - RLV News

Space Adventures Announces Exclusive Marketing Agreement with Armadillo Aerospace - RLV News

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Teams Arrive at Michigan International Speedway for Start of On-Track Testing - Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE page has a lot of ways to follow that competition, including a twitter feed, facebook, a list of blog posts, and articles.