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What is the NASA TechLeap Prize?
What is the Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1?
Who can participate?
We’re a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grantee. Can we submit?
Can government contractors participate in this competition?
I work for a Federally funded research and development center. Can I participate in this competition?
How do I submit an application?
How will applications be evaluated?
What can we win?
What type of vehicles will be available for the suborbital flight?
What happens to my intellectual property?
Why is this challenge called Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1?
I have a disability. How can I get help with my application?
How can I contact someone at NASA about my application?
How do I sign up to receive competition correspondence like deadline reminders and application status updates?
How can I contact one of the flight providers to talk about my application?
Are flight providers eligible to submit applications as well? Are there any restrictions around flight providers competing for an award?
For the suborbital flights, is payload ejection an option?
Where can we find technical guidelines for size/weight?
The Technical Guidelines seem to imply that ground-based targets are non-cooperative, meaning they cannot actively or intentionally provide information to our proposed technology. Can you confirm this?
Is cost share allowed in the application?
Where can we learn more about the Suborbital Flight Profiles?
Is there a place where I can see what technologies have been accepted into the program from previous solicitations? Is it possible to speak with experienced PIs?
What if the sensor we are developing came from the "NASA Technology Transfer program"? Are we still allowed to participate?
Will our technology need to provide its own power, or will power be provided by the suborbital flight vehicle?
What is the expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of solutions?
The focus of the challenge appears to be on pointing platform technologies. Are novel sensor technologies that might be used on the platforms being considered under this activity.  If not this competition, where else might such sensor technologies be offered?
Is the instrument SWaP fitting within a 3U CubeSat a firm requirement?
Is there a limit for up to what size satellite would be needed to accommodate the payload?
Testing of our technology has been completed by a third-party rather than internally. Should we include these third-party results in our application?
Would weather parameters, such as precipitation and wind speed, qualify as target data types of interest?
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