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Tampa team competes in NASA Cube Quest

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exhibition Date: 2016-09-12 22:01:05 MST

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Credit: Marianne Galaris

Team Miles, a group of 12 citizen scientists that formed out of the Tampa Hackerspace, is competing in NASA’s first in-space Centennial Challenge: the Cube Quest Challenge.The mission at hand is to build a CubeSat that’s capable of advanced propulsion and communication in deep space, and of achieving lunar orbit. According to NASA, this marks the first time that private entities have had the chance “to compete to operate at the moon and beyond.”

NASA is offering three free payload slots on its Space Launch System rocket, which is scheduled to blast off on Orion’s first unmanned lunar flyby in 2018. The top three teams at the end of four preliminary ground tournaments will win the free slots, enabling them to compete with a larger pool of paying contestants in the lunar and deep space derbies. One free slot is worth about $2.5 million, and opens up the chance to win prizes for the in-space achievements. In total, NASA is promising $5.5 million in ground tournament and derby prizes.

Keywords: space travel

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