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Deep Space Food Challenge
In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has opened the Deep Space Food Challenge. The goal is to generate novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions.
Astronauts need hearty nutrients to maintain a healthy diet in space, but like any of us, they want their food to taste good, too! As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes. Additionally, advanced food systems will have benefits here on Earth, too. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.
Open Date: January 12, 2021
Registration Close Date: May 28, 2021
Submission Deadline: July 30, 2021
Awards: Up to $500K for Phase 1
Frequency: Potential for two phases
Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs
The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System. The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. The challenges can be tackled by students from many STEM disciplines; business, computer science and psychology among others.
Students win cash prizes and the university receives special recognition. First place will receive $3,000, second place will receive $2,000, and third place will receive $1,000. First place winners present their designs at a special ceremony at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC and at a relevant national conference with travel expenses covered.
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Maggi Kraft, ISGC fellow, conducts research for her project, Estimating snowmelt in forested mountain watersheds with ground measurements, lidar remote sensing, and MODIS fSCA
Learn more about the important research done by Maggi and her team at Boise State University in this article.