Phase 1 of the Deep Space Food Challenge is open, and teams that wish to compete may now register. Centennial Challenges, part of the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate's Prizes, Challenges, and Crowdsourcing Program, consist of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation.
Phase 1 of the Deep Space Food Challenge is a prize competition with a total prize purse made up of $500,000 USD, to be awarded to competitor teams for the design of novel technologies, systems and approaches for food production for long-duration space exploration missions.
NASA is providing the prize purse for U.S. teams, and the Methuselah Foundation will be conducting the Challenge on behalf of NASA. NASA is considering a Phase 2 (system demonstration phase) of the competition depending on the outcome of the Phase 1 competition.
Requirements: Read more about the requirements here.
How: Phase 1 of the Deep Space Food Challenge will be conducted virtually. The Challenge competitors will develop and submit their design proposals from their own location.
Challenge registration for Phase 1 opened January 12, 2021, and will remain open until the deadlines stated below. No further requests for registration will be accepted after the stated deadline.
- May 28, 2021, Phase 1 registration closes for U.S. & non-Canadian international teams
- July 30, 2021 submissions due for all teams
- September 2021 winner(s) announced
Click here to register for or get additional information regarding the Deep Space Food Challenge