NASA & Freelancer

Crowdsourcing the final frontier
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Be part of the innovation has won the joint NASA Open Innovation Services 2 (NOIS2) tender to help NASA crowdsource talent to design innovative tools and technology. That means you can be a part of helping NASA expand its new era of space exploration.

Hundreds of completed contests

NASA and Freelancer started their partnership in 2015, and have already crowdsourced solutions from 3D tools for robotic astronauts to smartwatch mobile applications used for time tracking and important station updates. Keep an eye out for future challenges, as NASA and Freelancer work together to push the boundaries of human imagination and innovation.

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Getting involved

How the challenges will work
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A talent cloud

NASA's NOIS2 will aim to crowdsource innovation through a variety of projects. Whether it's using crowd-based challenges and contests, building teams of freelance experts from around the world or splitting up complex jobs into a series of smaller freelance projects, NASA is looking to tap into the cloud of human intelligence to find new solutions to space exploration.

When will it start?

New challenges, contests and projects are on their way, and NASA is looking for skilled participants from a variety of backgrounds. Check back regularly for new opportunities.

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Learn more about NASA's NOIS2 initiative

Past challenges completed here on and upcoming projects to advance space exploration. More media will be added as challenges are completed, so check back soon!

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UPDATE: The Astrobee Challenge Series has ended. Huge congratulations to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for upcoming NASA Contests on Freelancer.
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Astrobee Challenges Series

NASA is designing a next generation robotic assistant to support astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). The assistant will fly around inside the ISS, perch on a wall-mounted handhold ("Handrail"), and orient a camera, as directed. NASA has already designed the free flyer part, called Astrobee, and had looked to the freelancer community for great solutions for an attachment and orientation arm.

Over the next several months, ~$25,000 will be awarded, spread over more than a dozen contests, with individual prizes ranging from $250 to $5000. Each will ask for solutions to a particular (sometimes overlapping) piece of the attachment arm. Each contest has been defined to be solvable on its own, but you may choose to compete in as many contests as you wish. Winning solutions may be incorporated into the robotic arm design and used with Astrobee for years to come.

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Live updates and tracking in ISS

Getting live updates and tracking your time is mission critical aboard the International Space Station. Our freelancers developed smartwatch concepts and applications for Astronauts to keep the ISS operational at all times.

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Keeping ISS astronauts safe

Meet Robonaut R2, the humanoid robot who takes on the most dangerous tasks in space. For these challenges freelancers created 3D models of tools R2 uses to keep the ISS astronauts safe.

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NASA selected 30 freelancers to participate in the Astrobee Robotic Arm Challenge Series

NASA used 30 freelancers to suggest designs for Astrobee's robotic arm. Freelancers helped inform the design of every component, from subsystems to electronics.

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Designing for NASA programs

Inside of NASA there are many initiatives and programs to improve space exploration and the lives of those involved. To help further this goal, our freelancers improved the branding on logos, trophies and banners used at NASA.

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Get it done

Post your contest. Easier than rocket science.
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    Post a contest

    Posting a contest is easy. Write your idea, set a budget and click post. It's that simple!

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    Get tons of entries

    You will receive lots of entries from our freelancers, giving you options to choose from.

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    Award a winner

    Rate the entries, give feedback and then award the entry you like the most as a winner.

Post a Contest