Design novel aerodynamic configurations for small missile defense vehicles.
Capacity (1): This Challenge has no impact on this Objective.
Safety and Reliability (3): This Challenge would enhance safety and reliability in the face of a terrorist attack.
Efficiency and Performance (1): This Challenge has no impact on this Objective.
Energy and Environment (1): This Challenge has no impact on this Objective.
Synergies with National and Homeland Security (9): This Challenge enables highly maneuverable, autonomous flight vehicles that have national and homeland defense applications.
Support to Space (1): This Challenge has no impact on this Objective.
Supporting Infrastructure (3): NASA has facilities that can perform this research, although they are not unique.
Mission Alignment (3): This Challenge is relevant to NASA’s mission.
Lack of Alternative Sponsorship (3): DoD already supports relevant R&T, although it is focused on protecting military aircraft.
Appropriate Level of Risk (3): This Challenge faces low risk.
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