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NASA’s App Development Challenge has begun! Register by April 10.

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Calling all Middle and High School Students and Educators!

NASA’s App Development Challenge (ADC) has begun! The challenge provides middle and high school student teams the opportunity to demonstrate the practice of coding and app development. The ADC asks student teams to develop an app that visualizes three minutes of simulated test data in support of the upcoming Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test. 

In June 2019, NASA will launch a full-stress test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS), called Ascent Abort-2, which will demonstrate the LAS can send Orion and its crew a safe distance from a failing rocket if an emergency arises during ascent to orbit. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate Orion’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration into deep space.


In Round 1 of this challenge, participants will have the opportunity to chat with NASA subject matter experts to learn tips on how to make the app the best it can be. Teams will then post videos of their app designs online for consideration by NASA to use in future missions. In Round 2, teams with favorable submissions advance to present their app in an interview with NASA engineers working on the AA-2 flight test. After this round, NASA will select student team/s for an all-expenses paid trip to a NASA field center in early summer, 2019. Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1, 2019.  


Full details are available on the ADC websiteTeams have until April 10, 2019 to register.


Register your team or send questions to: