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NASA Discusses First Ground Tournament Prizes in Cube Quest Challenge

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Media are invited to talk with the five top competitors from the first round of the Cube Quest Challenge during a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Each of the five teams was awarded $20,000 in prize money during the first of four Cube Quest ground tournaments. The ground tournaments are a series of competition checkpoints that allow the judges to review the teams' progress, and give teams the opportunity to win prize money for achieving milestones, which in turn helps them to continue in the competition.

The briefing participants are:

- Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
- Monsi Roman, Centennial Challenges Program manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
- Jim Cockrell, Cube Quest Challenge manager at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California

Representatives from each of the five teams receiving prize money for Ground Tournament 1 in the Cube Quest Challenge

For dial-in information, media should email their name, affiliation and telephone number to janet.l.anderson@nasa.gov no later than 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Questions also can be submitted via Twitter during the teleconference using the hashtag #askNASA.

NASA will live stream the teleconference at:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge is a $5.5 million competition to build flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced communication and propulsion near and beyond the moon. It is the agency’s first-ever in-space challenge. Cube Quest is part of NASA's Centennial Challenges Program, which accelerates technology by engaging non-traditional sources in competition.

For more information about the Cube Quest challenge, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/cubequest

For more information about other challenges and prize opportunities with NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/solve

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