FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the Space Robotics Challenge? 

The Space Robotics Challenge is part of the NASA Centennial Challenges Program, which was created to further NASA’s journey to Mars while helping America maintain its’ technology leadership.  This Challenge seeks to foster the creation of new or advance existing humanoid robotic dexterous capabilities.  Humanoid robots, like NASA’s R5, may one day venture ahead of or work side-by-side with our nation’s astronauts.  Expanding the abilities of these humanoid robots is critical in advancing deep-space missions, as well as improving life on Earth. 

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone can participate in the competition as long as they are not a citizen or an entity from a country listed on the NASA Export Control Program List of designated countries. (The current list of designated countries can be found at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/DCList_08-16-2016.pdf)

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What are the rules for teams to be eligible to win prizes?

In order to be eligible to win the NASA Prize, a Team must be comprised of Team Members and/or Entity Members, as applicable, who are either:

  • Comprised of at least 51% citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or
  • An entity that is incorporated in and maintains a primary place of business in the United States. 

Additional details can be found in Section 4.1 of the Challenge Rules Document .

International teams and individuals are allowed to participate in the Space Robotics Challenge and recognized as a winner. However, they are not eligible to recieve any cash awards from NASA.  

 

Can you participate as an individual in the competition?

Anyone can participate in the competition as long as they are not a citizen or an entity from a country listed on the NASA Export Control Program List of designated countries (http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/DCList_08-16-2016.pdf)  and as long as they adhere to the eligibility requirements outlined in Section 4.0 of the Challenge Rules Document. 

Non-US citizens are allowed to participate in the Space Robotics Challenge and recognized as a winner. However, they are not eligible to receive any cash awards from NASA.  

 

Can a minor participate (under 18 years old)?

If a participant is a minor, then the parent or legal guardian of the participant must sign the registration form.

Space Center Houston will also be conducting engagement challenges and events for K-12 students in parallel with the main Space Robotics Challenge.  Additional details on these opportunities will be released throughout the duration of the challenge.  Continue to visit the Challenge Website for updates.

 

I’d like to participate - how do I get started?

All individuals or entities that wish to participate in the Space Robotics Challenge must pre-register on the Challenge Website, and sign a Team Agreement that will be sent to teams for completion after pre-registration.

 

How was Space Center Houston selected as the Allied Organization for this Challenge?

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program partners with non-profit organizations (called Allied Organizations) to execute competitions in technology areas of interest to NASA and the Nation. Interested no-profit organizations with expertise in targeted areas provide NASA proposals for partnerships. As the official visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston engages the public and specifically K-12 students in awareness, education and advancement of technologies that further NASA’s mission.  In 2016, a Space Act Agreement was signed between NASA and Space Center Houston for the development of the Space Robotics Challenge. 

NineSigma was engaged as the main Challenge sponsor to coordinate and facilitate the challenge framework, processes and prize development.