NASA is considering a prize challenge to accelerate integration of unmanned aircraft into civil airspace, with two competitions of increasing complexity possibly offered in late 2013 and 2014 with a combined purse of $1.5 million. Under its Centennial Challenge program, NASA has previously staged competitions designed to engage the public in advancing technology for space elevators, electric aircraft, lunar landers and regolith excavation. With $10 million in annual funding, NASA ...

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