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NASA is lauching the ISS Longeron Challenge

NASA is holding a $30,000 contest to boost the power of the solar arrays on the International Space Station: the Longeron Shadowing Optimization Challenge. This is a public competition to make the energy-gathering solar arrays of the International Space Station (ISS) more efficient by eliminating the shadows it casts upon itself at different points during orbit.

nasa issThe International Space station (ISS) is powered by the sun with its energy being captured by the station’s solar panels. But there’s a big problem due to longerons, the long thin arms that connect the solar panels to the station, which are sensitive to temperature changes. The system is not working as efficiently as it could and NASA wants more power for the ISS.

longeron nasaWhen odd numbers of longerons are in full sunlight with others in shadows cast by the space station, they bend and eventually break. For this reason the ISS is positioned where fewer shadows are cast, but this reduces also the amount of power that can be collected from the sun. Nasa wants to find a sophisticated algorithm that eliminates the shadows the ISS casts on itself at different points during its orbit., and launch this challenge to find it more quickly.

The first prize for the best solution is $10,000, the second and third placed solutions will earn $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.

So, ready to help power the International Space Station with YOUR innovative algorithmic solution? Watch the video below, and join today the amazing competition that offer a total prize purse of $30,000 ! !

 
 
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One Comment on “NASA is lauching the ISS Longeron Challenge”

  1. Claudia Scarpini January 30, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    cool one…i just wanted to make a quick comment to say i’m glad i found your blog. thanks.

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