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Bringing together diverse stakeholders to advance NASA's goals for improving future science missions
A PROGRAM FOR ALL MSI STUDENTS & FACULTY
The MSI Space Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind NASA innovation program that will bring together diverse scholars to advance the agency’s goals for improving its future science missions. The program is being run in partnership between the Agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), its Minority University Research Education Project (MUREP), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Starburst.
The program is designed to engage under-represented academic institutions that can help NASA take significant strides forward in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and system-level autonomy. The best ideas will be awarded up to $50,000 in prize funding to each institution. This program follows similar competitions recently sponsored by SMD that align with the directorate’s goal to foster innovation and develop new technologies at lower cost. The accelerator will also include mentoring from autonomous systems experts at JPL as part of a ten (10) week program operated by Starburst for select awardees to help align the ideas with NASA needs and aid the selected MSI teams on a variety of topics including business acumen, business plan development, customer discovery, investment preparation, and more.
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