2017 BIG Idea Competition

2017 BIG Idea Competition

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Programme (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.

This year's GCD-sponsored engineering design competition seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for in-space assembly of spacecraft – particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads for low earth orbit (LEO) to a lunar distant retrograde orbit (LDRO). Reuse of the SEP tug provides a cost-efficient method of transferring payloads between LEO-to-LDRO, LDRO-to-LEO, and for transit to deep-space locations such as Mars.




30 Nov 2016


Teams presenting at the BIG Idea Forum will receive a monetary award to facilitate full participation in the Forum.

The top overall winning team will be awarded with offers to participate in future internships with the Game Changing Development Programme team at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.


July 22, 2016: BIG IDEA Challenge Announced
Sept. 30, 2016: Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (optional)
Oct. 6, 2016: Q&A Webinar for interested teams
Dec. 15, 2016: Teams are notified of their selection status
Dec. 19, 2016: Individual team feedback discussions with judges (selected teams only)
Jan. 15, 2017: Deadline to make hotel reservations at group rate
Jan. 15, 2017: Deadline for online registration and payment for the 2017 BIG Idea Challenge Forum
Feb. 7, 2017: Deadline to submit technical paper and oral presentation files
Feb. 15 & 16, 2017: 2017 BIG Idea Challenge Forum at NASA LaRC
March 1, 2017: Deadline to apply for NASA internships via OSSI


United States

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).


Credit: 2017 BIG Idea Competition 

Date Added: 11 Nov 2016

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