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    NASA Free Flying Robot Mission Patch and Naming Challenge











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    Challenge Summary

    Welcome to the NASA Free Flying Robot Mission Patch & Naming Challenge! As part of this challenge, we need your help to:

    1. Design a custom mission patch for a robot that will fly on-board the International Space Station. A mission patch is a small graphic that includes the name of a space mission.
    2. Develop a name for the “Free Flying Robot”. Something catchy & cool. 

    Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

    Challenge Format

    This competition will be run as a two-round challenge.

    Regarding the Rounds:

    • To be eligible for Round 1 prizes and design feedback, you must submit before the Checkpoint deadline.
    • A day or two after the Checkpoint deadline, the challenge holder will announce Round 1 winners and provide design feedback to those winners in the “Checkpoints” tab above.
    • You must submit to Round 1 to be eligible to compete in Round 2. If your submission fails screening for a small mistake in Round 1, you may still be eligible to submit to Round 2.
    • Every competitor with a passing Round 1 submission can submit to Round 2, even if they didn't win a Checkpoint prize.
    • Learn more here.

    Full Description & Project Guide

    Problem Background & Goal
    A robotics group out of NASA’s Ames Research Center is building a Free Flying Robot; the goal is to get the FFR on-board the International Space Station in 2017. Please note that the mission patch / name should not be an acronym.

    The goal of this contest is to:

    1. Design a custom mission patch for a robot that will fly on-board the International Space Station. A mission patch is a small graphic that includes the name of a space mission.
    2. Develop a name for the “Free Flying Robot”. Something catchy & cool.

    What is a Mission Patch? Click here to learn more. Here are some more examples:

    Supporting Documents
    Template (branding-template.ai.zip)

    What is the FFR capable of?

    • It is capable of functioning autonomously, but can also be controlled by a flight crew on-board the ISS or from Earth.
    • Conducting zero gravity robotics experiments
    • Carrying mobile sensors such as an RFID reader for logging inventory, a camera for inspecting, etc.
    • It will have an arm that can grasp onto objects to help remain stationary.
    • It will have fans that will allow it to move and rotate in any direction.
    • It is rechargeable and capable of returning to a charger and charging on it's own.
    • It is small and maneuverable  (diameter less than 30cm) for working inside ISS.


    • Color Restrictions - None
    • Color Preferences – Open
    • Brand Colors – None
    • Tagline - Does not exist
    • Mission patch usage - various media (print, online, etc).

    Mission Patch Sizes:
    The mission patch will have a few different uses. Please ensure that your design is capable of being resized - the variance can be anywhere from 2 inches up to 12 inches. Example sizes:

    • Stickers / Mission Patches - 4-6” tall
    • Paper Handouts - 6-12’ tall
    • Presentations / Social Media - 2” tall

    Mission Patch Requirements:

    • The graphic must represent the target audiences stated below in "Target Audience"
    • Please stay away from gradients, as they will not be able be easily reproduced across all media.
    • You must show your mission patch on a white or black background (You MUST use the template provided)
    • The mission patch must be shown in various forms on the template (different color choices, layout, font use etc.)
    • You must identify your color theme in the submission.
    • Designs must be created as VECTOR artwork so they can be resized without a loss of quality. Make sure your mission patch quality is not diminished when scaled up or down.

    FFR Name
    You will be judged on your creativity and uniqueness of your name. The winner(s) will be selected by NASA. Please provide a detailed description of your idea(s) so that we can fully understand.


    Target Audience

    • Robotics enthusiasts.
    • NASA employees.

    Judging Criteria

    • Requirements: Does your mission patch meet the requirements as stated in the description?
    • Relevance: How does your mission patch "fit" with the purpose?
    • Quality: Does your mission patch go look fresh, professional and clean? Is the composition/layout well done? Have you used typography in a meaningful way?
    • Concept: Does your mission patch present a new and interesting concept? Is it simple, yet memorable?

    Submission & Source Files
    Preview Image
    Please create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024px JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place a screenshot of your submission within it.

    Submission File
    Submit JPG/PNG image files based on contest submission requirements stated above

    Source Files
    All original VECTOR source files of the submitted design. Files should be created in Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape and saved as layered AI or EPS files. Your source files must meet these requirements:
    1) The AI/EPS file with text intact (not outlined).
    2) The AI/EPS file with text in outline format.

    Final Fixes
    As part of the final fixes phase you may be asked to modify your graphics (sizes or colors) or modify the overall colors.

    Stock Photography

    Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

    How To Submit

    • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here.
    • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
    • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
    • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

    Winner Selection

    Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the Client's discretion.

    Reliability Rating and Bonus

    For challenges that have a reliability bonus, the bonus depends on the reliability rating at the moment of registration for that project. A participant with no previous projects is considered to have no reliability rating, and therefore gets no bonus. Reliability bonus does not apply to Digital Run winnings. Since reliability rating is based on the past 15 projects, it can only have 15 discrete values.
    Read more.


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    Screening Scorecard


    Your Design Files:

    1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
    2. Place your submission files into a "Submission.zip" file.
    3. Place all of your source files into a "Source.zip" file.
    4. Create a JPG preview file.

    Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.


    All fonts within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any font files in your submission or source files. Read about the font policy here.


    All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to pass screening here.

    Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.


    • Vector AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
    • Vector EPS files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar

    You must include all source files with your submission.


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