Awards include $7,000 team stipends & $18,000 in prizes!
The 2024 HuLC competition seeks near-term, innovative solutions for Human Landing System (HLS) challenge areas…specifically addressing the mitigation of lunar Plume-Surface Interaction (PSI).
Interested teams have a full year to prepare and submit proposals by the deadline of March 4, 2024. HuLC solicits proposals for innovative, systems-level solutions that can help NASA understand, mitigate, and manage the impacts of lunar PSI – with the ability to be implemented within 3-5 years. The potential solutions teams can propose to could include, but are not limited to, the following categories:
Trade Studies on Landing Trajectories that Minimize PSI
Reduction / Mitigation of Erosion (Cratering) and Ejecta during Descent, Landing, and Ascent
Development of PSI Flight Instrumentation / Measurement Methods and Concepts
Tracking Dust During Descent, Landing, and Ascent
Instrumentation Performance Through the Dust Cloud During Landing
HuLC is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students at accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are encouraged to apply. Based on a review of initial proposals received by March 2024, up to 12 teams will be selected to continue developing their proposed concepts. Each finalist team will receive a $7,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in a competitive design review at a Forum in Huntsville, Alabama in June 2024.
This is only a brief excerpt of the 2024 HuLC competition.
Please read the full, printable 2024 Challenge Guidelines by clicking the button below.