The NASA Centennial Challenges Program has released a second Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on two spacecraft challenges being considered for start in 2014. The URL for the RFI is

The two challenges described in this RFI are based upon feedback to an earlier CubeSat Challenges RFI released in February 2014. The first challenge will award up to $3,000,000 in cash prizes to registered competitors that are able to meet or exceed technical objectives for 1) propulsion, 2) communication, and 3) longevity while in lunar orbit.

The second challenge will award up to $1,500,00 in cash prizes to registered competitors that are able to meet or exceed technical objectives for 1) communication and 2) longevity beyond lunar distances. Up to $1,000,000 will also be awarded for successful competition of Ground Qualification Competition reviews. Together, these challenges are expected to contribute to opening deep space exploration to non-government spacecraft for the first time.

NASA is currently developing the details of these challenges and you can help. Please see the RFI for specifics on the challenge objectives, draft rules, milestones and phases, requirements and constraints, awards structure, eligibility requirements, and other information.

The Centennial Challenges Program is seeking your inputs, suggestions and comments on these exciting challenges. We welcome your responses to the questions posed in the “Information Sought” portion of the RFI. We request your response no later than July 11, 2014.

NASA is also seeking domestic non-profit organizations to assist in management of these Challenges. Information on the requirements to be considered for this important role are listed in a Notice of Opportunity at

Thanks in advance for your interest!

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: NASA

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