Astronaut Glove Challenge

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The Astronaut Glove Challenge one of NASA's Centennial Challenges. The challenge is constructing a spacesuit glove capable of meeting or exceeding NASA's current Phase VI Spacesuit glove. The contest, as of 2007, is expected to be a three-year series. [1]


Creating a better spacesuit glove was first suggested as a potential challenge by engineer Rand Simberg. NASA picked up the gauntlet, with the Astronaut Glove Challenge, with hopes of stimulating the development of a more flexible and durable glove for future spaceflights. [2]

2007 Astronaut Glove Challenge

A two day Astronaut Glove Challenge competition was held at the New England Air Museum. The winner was Peter Homer, an engineer from Southwest Harbor, Maine. On Thursday, May 3, he won $200,000 for constructing a spacesuit glove capable of meeting or exceeding NASA's current Phase VI Spacesuit glove. This is the first prize NASA has awarded under its Centennial Challenges program.

2008 Astronaut Glove Challenge

Prizes of $350,000 are available.

2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge

Prizes of $400,000 are available.

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