NASA amps up wicked cool competitive prize program

NASA's Centennial Challenges bring out the best the scientific world has to offer

NASA this month greatly expanded its public prize competition program known as the Centennial Challenges. The space agency announced US$5 million worth of new competitions to develop robots, small satellites and solar-powered spacecraft. Since 2005, NASA has conducted 19 competition events in six challenge areas and awarded $4.5 million to 13 different teams. NASA challenges are managed with significant partners such as the X Prize Foundation, Northrop Grumman and others. Here we take a look at previous Challenges and the new programs to come.

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