NASA Challenge: Design a Logo for NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thrust – Commercial (NEXT-C) Project

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $150
  • Entries Received: 138
  • Winner: oldestsebi

Contest Brief

The NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thrust – Commercial (NEXT-C) is the next generation of NASA ion thrusters. An ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, but does so at higher specific impulse (or higher exhaust velocities), which means that an ion thruster has a fuel efficiency of 10-12 times greater than a chemical thruster. The higher the rocket's specific impulse (fuel efficiency), the farther the spacecraft can go with a given amount of fuel. Given that an ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, it needs to operate in excess of 10,000 hours to slowly accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to reach the asteroid belt or beyond.

The NEXT-C project is a combined effort by NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC), Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) and ZIN Technologies (ZIN). The most likely first user of the NEXT-C thruster will be a NASA Planetary Science mission.

The goal of this challenge is to develop a project logo. The logo will used in multiple ways in the project. It will be part of the all presentation materials developed by the project as a logo at the in the top corner. It will be used as a logo on team items (shirts, mugs, etc.). It may also be used in materials developed for education and public outreach. Examples of NASA mission/project logos/patches, can be found in abundance on the internet.

SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS

Logo Requirements
• Both a color version and black/white version are required
• 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 logo should be converted to outlines.
• Submission should also include 1024x1024 version of the logo in jpeg or png (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.
Other Preferences
• Color pallet is open, but there is a preference towards blues that are similar to the color of the NEXT ion thruster ion stream (images can be found online)
• Please avoid gradients or other special effects as they are difficult to reproduce across all media.
Stock Photography Requirements
• Stock photography is not allowed in this contest. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you.
Judging Criteria
• Requirements: Does your logo meet the requirements as stated within the challenge?
• Quality: Does your logo look fresh, professional, and clean
• Concept: Does your logo capture the NEXT-C Project

Please note that NASA employees are note eligible for competing in this contest.

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Employer Feedback

“Oldestsebi did an outstanding job of creating a logo for use with our NASA NEXT-C Project. This was a contest and oldestsebi\'s design was selected from 166 entries.”

Profile image nasacoeci, United States.

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Public Clarification Board

  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 years ago

    In case you are looking for another NASA logo challenge, check out https://www.freelancer.com/contest/contest.php?project_id=272322

    • 5 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 years ago

    Congratulations to oldestsebi on providing the winning submission! There were some really great submissions from a great number of you. Thank you for all of your hard work.

    • 5 years ago
    1. eddieadolf
      eddieadolf
      • 5 years ago

      Congrats @oldestsebi! Great work.

      • 5 years ago
    2. oldestsebi
      oldestsebi
      • 5 years ago

      Thank you :)

      • 5 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 years ago

    Thanks for all of the great submissions. Now we have to pick! Wish us luck.

    • 5 years ago
    1. oldestsebi
      oldestsebi
      • 5 years ago

      Good luck to you and to me :)

      • 5 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 years ago

    Last chance to submit your entries! Just 2 and 1/2 hours left! Some really great submissions! Thanks for everyone's hard work on this!

    • 5 years ago
    1. eddieadolf
      eddieadolf
      • 5 years ago

      Just submitted last minute-Phew. May the best design win!

      • 5 years ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 years ago

      wow... only 15 minutes to spare....Nice!

      • 5 years ago
  • davidyasinskiy
    davidyasinskiy
    • 5 years ago

    Check #151

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #156

    • 5 years ago
  • vinhyu
    vinhyu
    • 5 years ago

    Dear Sir, Please check my entries at #149 and #150 . These are the edit based on your comments on entries #143 and #144 . Thank you.

    • 5 years ago
  • YONWORKS
    YONWORKS
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #145 and #146 Thank you

    • 5 years ago
  • vinhyu
    vinhyu
    • 5 years ago

    Dear Sir, Please check my submission at #143 & #144 . Thank you Sir.

    • 5 years ago
  • fmndata3
    fmndata3
    • 5 years ago

    please 141

    • 5 years ago
  • ahmed665
    ahmed665
    • 5 years ago

    plz check my entry #126

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Check entry #124

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Check entry #123

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Check entry #122

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Check entry #121

    • 5 years ago
  • fmndata3
    fmndata3
    • 5 years ago

    120 please

    • 5 years ago
  • oldestsebi
    oldestsebi
    • 5 years ago

    Check entry #115 . Thanks!

    • 5 years ago
  • oldestsebi
    oldestsebi
    • 5 years ago

    Hello, check entries #111 and #112 . Thanks!

    • 5 years ago
  • manthanpednekar
    manthanpednekar
    • 5 years ago

    #110 . Regards.

    • 5 years ago
  • fmndata3
    fmndata3
    • 5 years ago

    108 please

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #106

    • 5 years ago
  • kimuchan
    kimuchan
    • 5 years ago

    #105 as per your request. Thanks.

    • 5 years ago
  • IAN255
    IAN255
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #97 Thanks a lot.

    • 5 years ago
  • kimuchan
    kimuchan
    • 5 years ago

    Hi CH, please check my entry #65 , feedback or suggestion are most welcome. Thanks

    • 5 years ago
  • isiom
    isiom
    • 5 years ago

    Hey have a look at 91 and 92 .

    • 5 years ago
  • fmndata3
    fmndata3
    • 5 years ago

    please 90

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #83 , less white

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #81 , black background

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #79

    • 5 years ago
  • nbkiller
    nbkiller
    • 5 years ago

    #62

    • 5 years ago
  • nbkiller
    nbkiller
    • 5 years ago

    #61

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #55

    • 5 years ago
  • YONWORKS
    YONWORKS
    • 5 years ago

    Please, check #50 and #52 Thank you

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #51 , more dynamic , more NASA way , more .....

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #47

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #46

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #45

    • 5 years ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 5 years ago

    Please see entry #40

    • 5 years ago
  • viktorbublic
    viktorbublic
    • 5 years ago

    Hello. Any feedback on #28 would be great.

    • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #18

    • 5 years ago
  • jochjo
    jochjo
    • 5 years ago

    It's my understanding that font list and source files shall be submitted after logo awarding, i.e. contest submission is only a plain image. Please confirm.

    • 5 years ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 years ago

      Correct (although make sure an provide all of the required configurations of the image (on black and white background).

      • 5 years ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 5 years ago

    For folks that have had some questions, and also those that have submitted, there is a desire to have more than just stylized text. Think of logos that utilize both text and graphics. NASA mission logos are great examples. Not to say the right stylized text might not hit the mark, but adding a bit more might add to the overall design.

    • 5 years ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 years ago

      The best way to describe it, is if the text is removed from the logo, does it still represent something. Is the text-free version of the logo meaningful?

      • 5 years ago
  • drogomid2113
    drogomid2113
    • 5 years ago

    Please check #1 ,#2 ,#3

    • 5 years ago

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