Archive for September, 2016

Upcoming NOI Deadline for NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge ­ September 30, 2016

Upcoming NOI Deadline for NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge ­ September 30, 2016

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in NASA’s

2017 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge!

The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for this exciting university engineering design challenge is next Friday, September 30th.

BIG Idea Challenge NOIs should include a brief summary of the team’s proposed idea for in-space assembly of spacecraft ­ particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads from low Earth orbit (LEO) to a lunar distant retrograde orbit (LDRO).

Teams who submit NOIs will be invited to participate in a teleconferenced Q&A session with the BIG Idea judges on October 6, 2016.

As a reminder, full proposals are due November 30th, and should be 8-10 pages in length. Papers must discuss designs and analyze potential modular concepts and systems that provide the ability to construct large SEP tugs in space. Concepts can employ new approaches for:

Complete competition details can be found on the printable flyer for the 2017 BIG Idea Challenge, and on the BIG Idea website 

Based on a review of the proposals, four (4) teams will be selected to submit technical papers and present their concepts to a panel of NASA judges at the 2017 BIG Idea Forum at the NASA Langley Research Center, February 15-16, 2017, in Hampton, VA.

The final four qualifying teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate participation in the BIG Idea Forum.  The winning team will receive offers to participate in paid internships with the Game-Changing Development (GCD) team at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, where they can work toward further developing their concept under the mentorship of NASA experts.

Important Dates:

September 30, 2016 Notice of Intent (NOI) deadline
November 30, 2016 Proposal deadline
December 15, 2016 Selection notifications will be made
February 7, 2017 Technical paper deadline for 4 qualifying teams
February 15-16, 2017 2017 BIG Idea Forum at NASA Langley Research Center

On behalf of NASA and NIA, we hope you will consider involving your students in this competition that could potentially reduce the cost of deep space exploration by developing space systems that can be assembled in-space and re-used or upgraded for additional missions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BIG Idea team at

Kindest Regards,

The BIG Idea Program Team: Shelley Spears, Stacy Dees, and Victoria O’Leary


Free NASA Internships and Student Competitions Virtual Fair

Free NASA Internships and Student Competitions Virtual Fair –  Sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium


We have a rapid fire slate of speakers at this event who will explain how you can: 1) Get a paid NASA Internship this summer 2) Join the NASA Academy, which includes a paid research internship 3) Participate in NASA’s Launch to Learn Summer Program 4) Connect with your state’s NASA Space Grant Consortium for scholarships, internships and special opportunities available, and 5) Participate in other NASA Challenges including competitions focused on: rocket launches, robotic vehicles, and other technical disciplines.

Following these presentations, all students will have the chance to meet one-on-one with Speakers via webcam and/or text chat to ask questions, receive personalized advice, and download important materials.  Don’t miss this event on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 2:30-5:00pm Eastern time!  Please click on the following link to register.


NASA KSC has 20 Open Internship Opportunities (Open 9/13 – 9/15/2016)


NASA KSC has 20 Open Internship Opportunities (Open 9/13 – 9/15/2016)

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida will be accepting applications for their Pathways Internship Program (similar to the previous NASA co-op program) starting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. There will be 20-25 positions available through six (6) announcements on

The positions are in a wide range of areas such as Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, IT Security, Transportation & Logistics Management, Business, Accounting, Economics & Finance. The application deadline is 11:59pm Eastern on Thursday, September 15, 2016. These positions are planned to start on January 23, 2016. For more information about the KSC Pathways Program please feel free to visit their website at


Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through 30, 2016.
Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2017.

To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available through September 30.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at


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