NASA Challenge: Create a Graphic/Patch Design for the REALM project
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $250
- Entries Received: 88
- Winner: switchedau
The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management (REALM) provides for the integrated localization, transfer, and status of logistics and mission hardware to facilitate autonomous and automatic decision-making and planning. It is critical for beyond–Low Earth Orbit missions, in which ground support for finding items is impractical and re-launch of missing items is not an option. It also improves packing efficiencies for reduced stowage volume.
Simply put, REALM is a RFID tracking system for items onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The goal of this challenge is to develop a project graphic that represents the three experiment phases of REALM. The graphic will used in multiple ways in the project. A small version of the graphic will be placed in the top corner of all presentation materials developed by the project, and a larger version of the graphic may be placed on the title page of presentations. This graphic will also be used on team items (shirts, mugs, etc.) and in materials developed for education and public outreach. Examples of NASA mission/project graphics/patches, can be found in abundance on the internet.
There are three experiment phases for REALM:
- REALM-1: Logistics Awareness
- REALM-2: Logistics Reconnaissance
- REALM-3: Dense Logistics Verification
REALM-1 is planned as a 1+ year experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). It is a system of 6 fixed readers installed near ISS hatches and 24 antennas. The fixed antenna coverage zones provide ½-element module resolution. Three ISS modules will be instrumented for the experiment: Node 1, U.S. Lab, and Node 2.
REALM-2 is a RFID reader and antennas mounted on a robotic free-flyer on ISS that will be used to refine item location in the modules instrumented with REALM-1, as well as search in non-instrumented modules. It will take “RFID snapshots” when the crew uncovers logistics previously not seen by readers.
The ground-based Complex Event Processing (CEP) system provides probabilistic inference over RFID data streams and infers item locations in absence of real-time reads for REALM-1 and REALM-2 systems.
REALM-3 further refines item locations in dense packaging situations such as in textile cargo bags and “smart packaging” containers.
• Both a color version and black/white version are required.
• Color pallet is open, but limited to 6 colors and all colors used must be identified.
• Do not use gradients or other special effects, as they are difficult to reproduce across all media.
• Source File Requirements: 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. Note that PSDs saved as EPS files are not true vector/scalable files and will not be accepted.
• All fonts (and operating systems) must be listed in a text file within your Submission Zip file. Include the name of the font and a link to where it can be downloaded/purchased. DO NOT include any font files in your submission or source files.
• All text in the graphic should be converted to outlines.
• Submission should also include a 1024x1024 version of the graphic in JPG or PNG in RGB color mode at 72 dpi (on both a black background and a white background).
• The NASA insignia or other NASA logos cannot be used as any part of your submission.
• Stock Imagery Requirements: Stock imagery is not allowed in this contest, and all elements of the graphics must be of original design.
• Requirements: Does your submission meet the requirements as stated within the challenge?
• Quality: Does your submission look fresh, professional, and clean?
• Concept: Does your submission capture the REALM Project?
Please note that NASA employees/contractors are not eligible for competing in this contest.
“Switchedau did an outstanding job of creating a project graphics for use with our NASA RFID-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management (REALM) Project. This was a contest and this design was selected from 105 entries. Switchedau did a great job of providing a clean graphic that met all of the requirements and was quite creative.”
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