American Space Agency NASA have planned to return to the Moon using innovative technologies, under Artemis, in a bid to explore more lunar surface than ever before.

Crucial Facts

  • These technologies will require lunar surface systems, which can deliver continuous, reliable power for supporting mining and construction, human habitation and research activities.
  • Newest phase of “ Watts on the Moon Challenge” will offer up to USD4.5 million in prizes to design, construct and demonstrate a prototype, which addresses technology gaps in energy storage and power transmission.
  • Minimizing system mass and Maximizing system efficiency will be an important part of what actors address in their designs, handed that, transportation of needed equipment will require multiple missions to sustain human presence on the lunar surface.
  • This challenge seeks advanced technology, which is well- positioned to progress toward future operation and flight readiness on the lunar face after the challenge.

Phase 1 of Watts on the Moon
Phase 1 of Watts on the Moon was opened in September 2020. It was focused on ideation of energy operation, storage solutions and distribution. In May 2021, seven winners were awarded a total of USD. Teams were needed to submit ideas in Phase 1, in order to support aspects of a hypothetical mission scenario that is, harvesting water and oxygen from a dark crater at the South Pole of the Moon.
Phase 2 of Watts of the Moon
NASA is now inviting applications to Phase 2 of Watts of the Moon. NASA has invited previous participants as well as in Phase 2. This phase will last for around 30 months. It’ll take place in three segments, called competition situations. In each level, eligible teams will submit the needed materials. They will be evaluated on their submission.

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