• Design novel aerodynamic configurations for small missile defense vehicles.

Relevance to Strategic Objectives

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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