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Winners receive an initial $200,000 for their design and to begin building their payloads. During Payload Build Round 1 and Payload Build Round 2, Winners will have the opportunity to compete for additional awards of $200,000 and $100,000 each. NASA intends to award a suborbital flight test to each of the Winners in summer 2022.
The Bronco Space Club at Cal Poly Pomona - Pomona, CA
Bronco Ember: Autonomous Nascent Wildfire Detection and Prevention
The Bronco Ember technology is designed to autonomously detect, track, and log nascent wildfires or similar phenomena. Bronco Ember consists of a custom two degrees of freedom (2DOF) precision pointing system and edge computing system for onboard artificial intelligence / machine-learning acceleration. This flight demonstration will be observed in the short-wave-infrared (SWIR) wavelength range.
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Orion Labs LLC - Nunn, CO
Quantum Machine Learning Enhanced Sensor Combination for Earth Observation (QMLS-EO)
We will demonstrate the capabilities of classical, quantum and hybrid machine learning onboard a CubeSat. With our array of sensors, we are able to evaluate quantum/classical machine learning approaches on Earth observation tasks, including atmospheric gravity wave measurements or multispectral image classification and segmentation. We will demonstrate how on-board data processing and machine learning result in reduced downlink bandwidth.
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Texas A&M SEAK Lab - College Station, TX
Satellite for Natural and Artificial Plumes (SNAP)
Using visible and infrared cameras, our payload automatically identifies and classifies plumes in Earth’s atmosphere using convolutional neural networks (CNNs). It then actively tracks identified plumes and saves images for operator analysis.
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