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Exploring Hell… up for the challenge?Venus is an EXTREME world, and we’re calling on…

Exploring Hell… up for the challenge?Venus is an EXTREME world, and we’re calling on…

Exploring Hell… up for the challenge?

Venus is an EXTREME world, and we’re calling on YOU to help us explore it! NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is running a public challenge to develop an obstacle avoidance sensor for a possible future Venus rover. 

With a surface temperature in excess of 840 degrees Fahrenheit and a surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus can turn lead into a puddle and crush a nuclear-powered submarine with ease. While many missions have visited our sister planet, only about a dozen have made contact with the surface of Venus before succumbing to the oppressive heat and pressure after just about more than an hour.

The “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover” challenge is seeking the public’s designs for a sensor that could be incorporated into the design concept. The winning sensor could be the primary mechanism by which the rover detects and navigates around obstructions.

Award: 1st Place – $15,000; 2nd Place – $10,000; 3rd Place – $5,000

Open Date: February 18, 2020  ––––––––– Close Date: May 29, 2020

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