Up to $4 Million at Stake in Power Beaming and Tether Challenges

The 2009 Power Beaming and Tether Challenges have been set for April 29 through May 1, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Each prize has a $2 million prize for the winner.

The 2009 Power Beaming Challenge is a prize contest designed to promote the development of new power distribution technologies. The 2009 Tether Challenge is designed to develop very strong tether material for use in various structural applications.

The prizes are being offered under NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, which stimulates innovation and competition in space exploration and ongoing NASA mission areas. The Spaceward Foundation is administering both challenges for NASA.

To register for and get additional information regarding the 2009 Power Beaming and Tether Challenges, visit: http://www.spaceward.org/ or contact:

Ben Shelef
Spaceward Foundation
725 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-965-2900

Questions and comments regarding the NASA Centennial Challenges Program should be addressed to:

Mr. Andrew Petro
NASA Headquarters
Suite 6J79
300 E Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20546
Phone: 202-358-0310

The Centennial Challenges Web site is centennialchallenges.nasa.gov.

Additional information regarding the challenges including rules, team agreements, eligibility, and prize criteria can be found at: http://www.spaceward.org/.