NASA Centennial Challenges

Challenge Owner

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent government agency responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA’s goal is to extend our senses to see the farthest reaches of the universe, while pushing the boundaries of human spaceflight farther from Earth than ever before. The Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Through public challenges, STMD gathers the best and brightest minds in academia, industry and government to drive innovation and enable solutions in important technology focus areas. Learn more at


Space Center Houston

Allied Partner to Centennial Challenges

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was named “The Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to



Technical Challenge Facilitator

NineSigma’s expertise is to find what may be unknown to you and to connect you to new partners, start-ups, academia, SMEs and large companies across industries. Through our worldwide presence and our global science & technology network, NineSigma helps transform your business through technology and innovation in a faster, more agile way. Learn more at or


NASA Johnson Space Center 

Technology Lead & Challenge Administrator

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in  enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind. Learn more by visiting: 



Challenge Sponsor

BHP is a world-leading resources company and is one of the world's top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. The company also has substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal.  BHP's Petroleum business includes exploration, development and production activities and conventional assets located in the Gulf of Mexico, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago.  Our global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia and the Petroleum headquarters are in Houston, Texas. Learn more about BHP by visiting


US Army Corps of Engineers:

Engineer Research and Development Center

Challenge Supporter

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center is an integral component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and helps solve our Nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. ERDC strives to be the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization. 

 The U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center is supporting the Challenge through contributing Subject Matter Experts.

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