Advancing technology through suborbital flight.
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Why TechLeap?
To support future missions and reduce risk, NASA seeks to rapidly identify and develop technologies of significant interest through a series of challenges. Participants in these challenges submit an application to develop a specific technology and then compete for awards to build the payloads. As an added incentive, NASA intends to award a suborbital flight test to the Winners of each challenge.
Three Innovative Observation Technologies Announced
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Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1
Winners receive an initial $200,000 for their design and to begin building their payloads. During Payload Build Round 1 and Payload Build Round 2, Winners will have the opportunity to compete for additional awards of $200,000 and $100,000 each. NASA intends to award a suborbital flight test to each of the Winners in summer 2022.
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Three Promising Sensing Technologies Announced
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Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge No. 1
NASA is seeking sensing systems that can detect terrain hazards and process the data in real time to generate a terrain map suitable for facilitating safe landing of a spacecraft in the dark. Up to three winners may receive awards of up to $650,000 each to build their payloads and the opportunity for a suborbital flight test at no additional cost.
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About Flight Opportunities
Flight Opportunities rapidly demonstrates promising technologies for space exploration, discovery, and the expansion of space commerce through suborbital testing with industry flight providers. The program matures capabilities needed for NASA missions and commercial applications while strategically investing in the growth of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry.
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