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To assist colleges with later semester end dates, paper due date has been extended to no later than June 15, 2019.     This challenge is not open to non-US institutions.  We will only accept entries from US institutions. 

If you have a question about the technical details of the challenge, write to the contest administrator. Subject line: Technical Question.  email to 

Dr. Ward will refer the question to the appropriate expert and post the question and the answer so all competitors can view them.  Do not contact NASA experts privately, see below.

Students, faculty, or graduate assistants, may NOT consult with NASA engineers, employees,  or anyone (Industry or Academe) doing professional contract or grant work in the challenge area.   

For a complete set of Contest Rules, see the main page,

Q. May graduate students enter the challenge as individuals?

A. Yes.  Graduate students may enter as individuals; however, teaming is still strongly suggested.  Undergraduates MAY NOT enter as individuals.

Q. Is there public noise software available for students competing in the low noise challenge?

A. Yes.  The NASA software catalog has recently added a program called ANOPP2

ANOPP2 is now in the NASA Software Catalog and can be requested by using the following URL:


1) University Name:
2) University Address: (No P.O. Boxes are allowed)
3) Software Recipient/User (This is the person the software will be sent to)
– Full Legal Name:
– Work Address:
– Email Address (Should be university email):
– Phone number:

Signatory Authority (The Signatory Authority is someone who can legal bind the university; ie: Administrative Officer, Contract Administrator, or Attorney)* **

*”Particular attention needs to be made to the signatory authority. If that is submitted without the required authority,  it causes long delays and reworks.”

1) Full Legal Name:
2) Positon Title:
3) University Address:
4) Phone:
5) University Email:

** In the past, our previous Software Release Authority allowed professors to sign agreements; however, our policies have changed and we now have new requirements. Professors do not have signature authority for universities. Signature authorities for universities typically are one of the following individuals: Administrative Officer, Contracting or Procurement Officer, or Attorney.