NASA Centennial Challenges Break the Ice Lunar Challenge Phase 2 Registration

NASA Centennial Challenges Break the Ice Lunar Challenge Phase 2 Registration

Situation report from: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday June 7th 2022

[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 107 (Friday, June 3, 2022)] [Notices] [Pages 33840-33842] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [] [FR Doc No: 2022-11869]


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Centennial Challenges Break the Ice Lunar Challenge Phase 2 Registration

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: Phase 2 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge is open and teams wishing to participate can now register. NASA seeks to stimulate research and technology solutions to support future missions and inspire new national aerospace capabilities through public competitions called Centennial Challenges. The Break the Ice Lunar Challenge is one such competition. The Centennial Challenges are managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and are part of the Awards, Challenges, and Crowdsourcing program within NASA’s Space Technology Missions Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Phase 2 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge is a competition with a total prize pool of US$3,000,000 (three million US dollars) to be awarded to competing teams that successfully build and demonstrate prototypes of new excavation technologies and transport that can operate in lunar environmental conditions.

DATES: Registration for Phase 2 opens June 2, 2022 and will remain open until September 30, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EST). No other registration request will be accepted after this date. Other important dates, including deadlines for key team deliverables, are listed on the challenge website:

ADDRESSES: Phase 2 of the Break the Ice Moon Challenge will include virtual and in-person matches. The initial levels of the challenge will be virtual with competing teams working on their solutions at a facility of their choice, then submitting the deliverables listed in the official challenge rules to NASA. The final level of the challenge will include an in-person competition at a facility chosen and prepared by NASA. Further details of this facility will be posted on the challenge website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: To register or for more information regarding the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, please visit:

Questions and comments regarding the challenge should be directed to Denise Morris, 256-544-3989, Centennial Challenges Program Manager (Acting), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL 35812. Email address: hq-stmd-centennialchallenges @mail.nasa. govt. For general information about NASA competitions, challenges, and crowdsourcing opportunities, please visit:



The goal of Phase 2 is to continue the development of technologies capable of extracting and transporting large quantities of icy lunar regolith and to fill the technology gaps listed below. Through a prototype demonstration, teams must show that their solutions meet the reliability, durability and traversal challenges that these systems must overcome to operate for long durations.

Specific NASA technology gaps that Phase 2 aims to fill include:

Excavation of large quantities of icy regolith Delivery of large quantities of acquired resources Lightweight and energy-efficient materials and equipment Reliable and durable materials and equipment Materials and equipment that perform well in extreme lunar environmental conditions, including:

– Reduced gravity

– Complex terrain including rocks, craters, slopes and loose granular soil

Successful demonstrations of this challenge will complement NASA’s ongoing investments in lunar in situ resource utilization technologies. NASA funds the scholarship and the administration of the challenge competition. Any eligible person or organization can participate in Phase 2. Teams are not required to have participated in Phase 1.

I. Prize amounts

The total Break the Ice Lunar Challenge Phase 2 prize purse is 3,000,000 USD (Three Million US Dollars) to be awarded during Phase 2 of this competition. There will be three tiers in Phase 2. Winners will be determined by a judging panel. Teams must meet the NASA Prize eligibility criteria in order to receive a NASA Prize.

Tier 1 – All teams that submit compliant deliverables by the submission deadline will receive an equal share of the $500,000 scholarship up to a maximum of $75,000 per team.

Tier 2 – 1st place – $300,000, 2nd place – $200,000, 3rd place – $125,000 and up to five (5) finalists, with each finalist receiving $75,000 for a total prize pool of $1,000,000.

Tier 3 – 1st place – $1,000,000 and 2nd place – $500,000 for a total purse of $1,500,000. In addition to cash prizes, NASA will provide opportunities to test concepts in a dusty thermal vacuum chamber.

II. Eligibility to participate and win cash prizes

In order to participate in the Challenge, each individual, whether acting alone or within a Competing Team, must identify their nationality.

No individual competitor must be a citizen of a country on NASA’s Export Control Program list of Designated Countries. Category II: Countries determined by the Department of State to support terrorism. The current list of designated countries is available at Please check the link for the latest updates. This includes people with dual citizenship, unless they are US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States (green card holders).

Although China is not a designated Category II country, pursuant to Public Law 116-6, Section 530, NASA is prohibited from participating, collaborating, or coordinating bilaterally in any way with the China or any Chinese-owned entity. Team members who are Chinese citizens but not affiliated with a Chinese entity may be permitted to be part of a team.

Subject to the conditions provided herein, foreign nationals and foreign national teams may participate in the Challenge. However, they are not eligible for a cash prize and must acknowledge receipt by signing and submitting a Foreign Participant Acknowledgment Form.

A designated official from the competitor’s team will be responsible for both compliance with the rules (including prize eligibility rules) and the actions of all team members.

To be eligible to win a prize:

1. Individuals must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States and be 18 years of age or older.

2. Organizations must be an incorporated entity and maintain a principal place of business in the United States.

3. Teams must be made up of otherwise eligible individuals or organizations and led by an otherwise eligible individual or organization.

4. The team leader must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

A team may include foreign nationals and be eligible to win a cash prize as long as the foreign national signs and delivers a declaration (separate form) in which he/she discloses his/her citizenship and acknowledges that he/she is not eligible to win a prize. from NASA, AND

1. The foreign national is an employee of an otherwise eligible U.S. entity participating in the Challenge,

2. The foreign national is the owner of such an entity, as long as the foreign nationals own less than 50% of the interests in the entity,

3. The foreign national is a contractor under a written contract with that entity, OR

4. The foreign national is a full-time student, during the Challenge Period, of an otherwise eligible entity that is an accredited institution of higher education, AND the student is during the Challenge in the United States on a valid visa. valid and otherwise complies with all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding the sale and export of technology.

Teams selected for a prize will be required to provide proof of citizenship/permanent residency, proof of primary establishment, proof of incorporation and/or proof of student visa. Proof must be provided within 3 business days to be eligible for a prize. Any team or team member who submitted the required evidence documents in Phase 1 and was deemed eligible to compete will not be required to resubmit that documentation in Phase 2. Teams must indicate which documents from Phase 1 must apply to phase 2 entry and provide confirmation. that all documents are still valid. Failure by a team to meet any aspect of the eligibility requirements will result in the team’s disqualification from winning a NASA Prize.

Interested teams should refer to the official Challenge website ( for further details on eligibility requirements and registration.

III. Official Rules

Full official Break the Ice Lunar Challenge rules are available at:

NASA Federal Register Liaison Cheryl Parker. [FR Doc. 2022-11869 Filed 6-2-22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510-13-P

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