Fri, Nov 13, 2009
So It's Not Exactly The X-Prize, But Important None The
NASA will hold the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on November
19th at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida, near
NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The event is open to the public.
The $400,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that
focuses on developing improved pressure suit gloves for astronauts
to use while working in the vacuum of space. The competition is
scheduled to begin at 1000, and conclude with an award ceremony at
Part of NASA's Centennial Challenges Program, the competition
will test gloves independent inventors designed and constructed.
The tests will measure the gloves' dexterity and strength during
operation in a glove box that simulates the vacuum of space. At
least two competitors are expected, including Peter Homer, the
winner of the competition held in 2007. This year's entrants must
provide a glove that includes an outer thermal protection layer, as
well as the inner pressure-containing layer. The result is a
complete glove suitable for space operations.
NASA's Centennial Challenges program will provide the prize.
Volanz Aerospace Inc. of Owings, Maryland, manages the competition
Centennial Challenges is NASA's program of technology prizes for
the citizen-inventor. Recent Centennial Challenge events included
Regolith Excavation, Lunar Lander and Power Beaming Challenges, in
which six different competitors won a total of $3.3 million in
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