The NASA Tournament Lab and Freelancer have teamed up to help crowdsource solutions to the most complex problems being faced by astronauts on the cutting edge of space exploration. Starting in 2015, this partnership has already spanned solutions from 3D tools for robotic astronauts to smartwatch mobile applications used for time tracking and important station updates.

In the latest set of challenges, we will be designing a robotic arm for the Astrobee, the next generation of free flying robots on the International Space Station. Get involved today and help NASA push the boundaries of human imagination and innovation.

NASA Robot Arm Illustration
Technical Drawing of the NASA Astrobee
NASA Challenge Phases Illustration


The Robotic Arm

Create the plans for how the robotic arm will be built. Participants will be pre-selected based on suitability to the task by filling out a survey then hired to create the plans for the arm.

Robotic Arm Building

Once the plans are complete, contest challenges will be posted. Freelancers will be able to compete to create the best designs for all the individual pieces necessary to build the arm.

Technical Drawing of NASA Robotic Arm

Robotic Arm Architecture

NASA has completed the selection of 30 freelancers who will now be tasked with creating the plans for the Astrobee's robotic arm. Please join us in congratulating them as they embark on this epic task!


Learn more about free flying robots such as the SPHERES, the Robonaut and their role in space exploration aboard and beyond the International Space Station. More media will be added as the challenges get completed so check back soon!

Technical Drawing of the NASA Astrobee

Branding Challenges

  • Prize $200

    NCCS Patch and Icons

    Design a special patch and iconography for NCCS's mission to enable insight and discovery to happen more rapidly.

  • Prize $1000

    Robotics System Interface

    Create a distinctive brand of user interfaces for the robots of NASA Johnson Space Center's Robotics Systems Technology Branch

  • Prize $250

    REALM Patch design

    Design a patch for NASA's REALM project which provides for the integrated localization, transfer, and status of logistics and mission hardware.

Technical Drawing of Robonaut

Robotic Arm Architecture

The pre-selection of freelancers to design the architecture behind a robotic arm is now complete. Please join us in congratulating the 30 winners who have been selected.

Application Challenges

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.

Robonaut Challenges

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.
Technical Drawing of the NASA Astrobee

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Post a contest

Posting a contest is easy, write your idea, setup a budget and click post, It's that simple!

Get tons of entries

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

Award a winner

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

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