back to article NASA: Tell us how to spend $4m pa on tech contests

Hoping to stimulate the US economy and space programme through crowdsourcing, NASA has invited the general public to submit ideas for inventor-prize contests. So far there is no suggestion of a prize for the best contest idea. In essence, the situation is simple. Space agency chiefs have a budget of $4m per year for their …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.
Silver badge

For Paddy Navigators ...... New Age PostModern Master Pilots

Is there any competition for entries/ideas which would deserve a $4 billion prize? With such an Instant Liquidity Release to an Obviously Worthy Invention would its Drivers Spending/Product Placement/Business Investment Generate Colossal Currency Flows ........ and Beta AIMonetary Power....... in the Hands and Hearts and Minds of the Truly Creative and Entrepreneurial.

For there is an Entry, is there not, Buffetting the System with Entrees. And as for the Main Courses and Trolley of Dessert Delights, well ......... A Menu Fit for Great Banquets will even Fail to do it Justice.

0
0
WTF?

WTF?

Ideas for prize contests in coming years should be "relevant to NASA mission needs"

...

..

But NASA dont know what those are, sothey are running a competition. Its come a long way since Apollo, hasnt it?

0
0

FFS...

NASA mission needs. Hmm, let's see. We need a way of getting to Mars, and keeping the lads (and possibly ladies) alive whilst getting there and back. So, mission needs.

- A cosmic ray and fast charged particle blocker in a small enough package to launch, which doesn't interfere with computer operation.

- Sealed biosphere setup, with hydroponics providing full nutritional and oxygen requirements.

- Better space suits to replace the 1950s-designed ones with something lighter, smaller and more generally useable.

Do I win anything?

0
0
Anonymous Coward

A tool bag ether?

That could come in handy.

0
0
Gold badge
Thumb Up

I think you missed one.

Did they ever do one ofr a better space suit glove?

The current design (which IIRC dates from the 1980s, not the 1950s) is stiff and tiring to use. This makes asembly tasks hard work and is part of the reason NASA does not like the idea of on orbit assembly. No idea how much time this added to building ISS but you can bet it was a lot.

Note. $4m might not seem like much but the fact there is cold cash on the table to the winner has a surprising effect on freeing up development cash. The Ansari X-prize got Scaled Composites and Paul Allen interested enough to build what is effectively the prototype of the Virgin Galactic sub orbital design, which has got 100 000 people interested enough to sign up. The biggest demonstration that there *might* be a market for this space tourism thing.

0
0
This topic is closed for new posts.

Forums