NASA Challenge Invites Students to Help Design Journey to Mars Systems

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College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA’s journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

 

 

The challenge is designed to engage students directly in the design, research and development of functional components of future habitats. As NASA develops missions to send astronauts to destinations far into the solar system, such as an asteroid and Mars, a habitat to sustain the crews pioneering deep space environments will be needed.

 
The challenge also will help develop strategic partnerships with universities in order to increase knowledge in critical exploration capabilities and technology risk reduction activities.

 
To apply for the challenge, student teams must submit their plans for designing, manufacturing, assembling and testing systems for evaluation by engineers and scientists in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, which leads and oversees the agency’s human space operations in low-Earth orbit and beyond. Applications for the challenge will be accepted through April 30.

 
This year’s challenge includes a broad array of topics such as power distribution systems, deployable structures, habitat architectural layout studies and food production systems. Previous projects have included a remotely-operated plant growth system and a deployable airlock structure.

 

The X-Hab Challenge is part of a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Exposing students to engineering and design processes used in the aerospace industry will benefit both NASA and the participants.

 

The challenge is managed by the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA. Teams selected for the challenge will receive a monetary stipend to assist in producing functional products based on their designs.

 

 

For more information on the 2016 X Hab Challenge application process, visit:
http://www.spacegrant.org/xhab/

 

 

For more information on NASA’s journey to Mars, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-journey-to-mars

 

 

General Motors Chief Diversity Officer addresses the gathering at the graduation of the first Shifting Gears

GM, Raytheon and Army Graduate First “Shifting Gears” Soldier Auto Technicians
General Motors Chief Diversity Officer addresses the gathering at the graduation of the first Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician
Training Program class Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Fort Hood, Texas. Created as a
multi-year partnership between GM, Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army, the program
provides and empowers transitioning soldiers with the skills required to secure careers
as GM service technicians. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for General Motors)

GM, Raytheon and Army Graduate First “Shifting Gears” Soldier Auto Technicians

GM, Raytheon and Army Graduate First “Shifting Gears” Soldier Auto Technicians
General Motors, Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army participate in the graduation
of the first Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program class Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Fort Hood, Texas.
Created as a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, the program provides and empowers transitioning
soldiers with the skills required to secure careers as GM service technicians. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for General Motors)

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