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What is the NASA TechLeap Prize?
What is the Nighttime Precision Landing 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 Nighttime Precision Landing 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?
Are flight providers eligible to submit applications as well? Are there any restrictions around flight providers competing for an award?
Where can we find technical guidelines for size/mass?
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?
Can I participate if I have previously been funded for work related to hazard detection or terrain relative navigation?
Is my technology required to select a safe landing site?
Why is this system needed? Is this a problem that could not be solved using NASA’s HDL (Hazard Detection LiDAR) that’s part of the SPLICE (Safe & Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution) technologies or a with a spinoff of ALHAT (Autonomous precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology)?
Can we get any information on the spectral reflectance characteristics of the test environments?
Can we tap into GNC (guidance, navigation, and control) data streams from the platform?
Requesting clarification on the required performance of the remote activations system: Is there a signal from the platform that can be used to initiate the collection of data with our system on descent? Or does our remote activation system need to control the entire timeline for collecting data?
How much light is expected to be emitted by the plume of the platforms?
Are we allowed to initiate our system prior to the 14-second descent flight profile?
Why do you want to develop sensing systems for the lander rather than using other technologies, such as beacons or landed markers, to enable landers to land safely?
How long is the hover period at 500m?
What is the divert capability of the lander from 500 and 250?
Is it possible to request a modified descent trajectory for the flight test? For example, can we start at an altitude of 750 meters, with a stop at 500 and 250?

Also, can we request a lateral move or 45 degree descent slope? The intent of these requests is to get the propulsion plume out of the line-of-sight of the instrument to the landing site.
Regarding the surroundings of the payload we are developing: Is the bottom of the payload (face closest to the lunar surface) exposed or obstructed? Please share more information on how our payload will be mounted on a spacecraft.
What altitude above ground level (AGL) is the suborbital flight?
What is the final goal for this competition: A final working system or a combination of algorithms and sensors which shows potential to work?
Do we need to transmit a point cloud somewhere? This would help determine the size of the output data.
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