NASA JPL is currently building a space rover for its new mission. The grant from NASA Innovative and Advanced Concepts program, is currently busy reviewing an open challenge. The challenge needs to develop an automatic obstacle detecting sensor for a future venus rover. The challenge, “Exploring Hell: Avoid Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover“, seeks public help to design the particular sensor. But the space organization is offering money if you can help.
You can easily earn $30,000 if you can submit a design that helps NASA. Venus is a planet with a surface of extremities. A surface temperature that exceeds 840 degrees Fahrenheit along with a pressure which is 90 times that of our planet, Venus can destroy a nuclear-powered submarine in seconds.
Tomorrow is the last day to submit ideas to help develop a possible future Venus rover.🤖🔥The "Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover" challenge closes May 29 at 2 pm PT (5pm ET, 2100 UTC). $30,000 in prizes available! https://t.co/vYf29U65o5 #NASAatHome pic.twitter.com/FmQA5oQSS3
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 28, 2020
Venus Rover: Help NASA visit the hot planet
Even though many missions took place on Venus, very few made direct contact with the surface before being destroyed. The planet is unforgiving. Its unforgiving heat and extreme pressure can destroy everything. But, this is also where the solution lies. With the abundance of heat, the surface of the planet leaves heat waves which could be of use to us. NASA is currently thinking of a space rover that runs on renewable energy.
Therefore, the new rover that you need to design must be a plan of a wind-powered Venus Rover. This mission will help explore and study multiple geological units across the surface of the burning planet. Though one might think about how much help is it for us, it will still help us understand the climatic conditions of our planet much better. However, the difficulty of this new challenge does not lie in making the sensor.
If you need to work with NASA, win $30,000, and leave your name in the history of space you need to come up with a sensor that does not rely on any electronic equipment. Let us know what you think about this in the comments section below!