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NASA rewards teen contest winners

April 30, 2010, 06:41 pm

A recent aeronautics contest put on by NASA yielded 19 winners, all of whom were high school students who have a vision for aviation's future.

Through the challenge posed by NASA, more than 100 teenagers had to write a paper proposing designs for an aircraft that could complete a variety of functions, including being able to hover, rescue 50 people, land on ground and water, and have a traveling capacity of at least 920 miles.

The 19 teens who won the contest represented both U.S. and international students, and was comprised of individual and team winners. The contest was sponsored by NASA's Subsonic Rotary Wing Project, which is a section in the Fundamental Aeronautics Program in the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington.

"They think anything can be done, and that's refreshing," Susan Gorton, of the wing project, said of the young contestants.

Recently, NASA also expanded its partnerships with educational institutions through a three-year agreement with the state of Hawaii. Through the agreement, a new program will be created at the University of Hawaii's Space Flight Laboratory that will research satellite design.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19753834-ADNFCR

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