We are pleased to announce that the NASA Centennial Challenges Program has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on two spacecraft challenges being considered for start in 2014. The first challenge will focus on finding innovative solutions to deep space communications with small spacecraft, while the second focuses on primary propulsion for small spacecraft. Together, these challenges are expected to contribute to opening deep space exploration to non-government spacecraft for the first time.

These challenges would involve design, build, and delivery of flight-qualified small spacecraft capable of advanced operations beyond Earth orbit. You can qualify for a free ride to deep space if you can design, build and deliver a spacecraft that can operate for weeks, maybe months, in the extreme environment near the moon and beyond. Upon release into a lunar flyby trajectory, your CubeSat would compete head-to-head with others in NASA’s first-ever in-space Centennial Challenge. The first and/or best teams achieving each of the challenge goals, within the rules, would win substantial cash prizes. For specific instructions on providing input on the proposed deep space challenges go to

NASA is currently developing the details of the challenge rules and structure, and you can help. Please see the Request For Information (RFI) for specifics on the challenge objectives, draft rules, milestones and phases, requirements and constraints, awards structure, eligibility requirements, and other tentative 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 “Section III – Information Sought” portion of the RFI. All input requested no later than March 31, 2014.

Thanks in advance for your response!

NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize program is accepting ideas for new challenges in 2014. Furthering our capabilities through competition generates revolutionary ideas from non-traditional sources. For specific instructions on providing ideas go to

About The Centennial Challenges Program
The Centennial Challenges Program is NASA’s flagship program for technology prize competitions. In the past decade, the program has awarded more than $6 million in prize money at nine challenges. The program is an integral part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing, and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. The Centennial Challenges Program [BJ3] directly engages the public, academia, and industry in open prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies that have benefit to NASA and the nation. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Larry Cooper
Program Executive, Centennial Challenges Program
Space Technology Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters

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