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Intro


Don't just connect the dots.

Connect the stars.

We stand at a pivotal moment in space exploration. Humankind is beginning to extend its reach into the solar system farther than ever before.

As we expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space, finding innovative solutions to the challenges of future space exploration is more important than ever.

NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster those potential solutions - from businesses small and large, universities, even undiscovered inventors. Because when ideas go further, we all go farther.

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Intro


Don't just connect the dots.

Connect the stars.

We stand at a pivotal moment in space exploration. Humankind is beginning to extend its reach into the solar system farther than ever before.

As we expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space, finding innovative solutions to the challenges of future space exploration is more important than ever.

NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster those potential solutions - from businesses small and large, universities, even undiscovered inventors. Because when ideas go further, we all go farther.

 

NASA iTech is a yearlong initiative to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and support development of the most promising solutions.

Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, other government organizations – or others who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

Cycle 1 of the initiative culminates with the NASA iTech Forum at NASA Headquarters in December 2016. There, the most promising innovations will be recognized and presented with opportunities to further their development.


The first step for potential innovators to participate in NASA iTech was to submit a five-page white paper summarizing proposed innovations to solve challenges in one of the focus areas listed below. The call for white papers for NASA iTech Cycle 1 closed October 17, 2016.

  • All eligible white papers were evaluated by a panel of experts organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The top 25 potential solutions were announced November 2, 2016.

  • Semifinalist papers were reviewed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the top 10 finalists were announced on November 21, 2016.

 

  • Representatives of those top 10 innovations have been invited to participate in the NASA iTech Forum at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., December 5-8, 2016**. At the forum, innovators will network with leadership from NASA Headquarters and Centers from across the U.S. and the agency’s largest contractors as they are mentored to refine and sharpen their final presentations. The top three ideas of Cycle 1 will be announced on December 8 at the conclusion of the NASA iTech Forum. Those top three innovators will receive additional resources over the next six months to help further develop their proposed technology solutions.

In January 2017, areas of innovation for NASA iTech Cycle 2  will be announced and the NASA iTech process will be repeated with a call for Cycle 2 white papers addressing those areas.

* NASA iTech is open to U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents only.

**Journalists wishing to attend the December Forum in Washington must RSVP to Gina Anderson, NASA HQ Office of Communications, by COB Friday, Dec. 2. Due to space limitations, non-registered journalists will not be able to attend.**

 

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Cycle 1 Finalists


Top 10 Finalists Announced

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Cycle 1 Finalists


Top 10 Finalists Announced

NASA iTech Cycle 1 Finalists Announced

We are pleased to announce the top ten finalists for Cycle 1 of the NASA iTech. These finalists have been invited to present their potential solutions at the 2016 NASA iTech Forum in Washington, D.C.

 

Congratulations to our finalists (listed below in alphabetical order):

 


AEQUOR, INC.

Entry Title: Novel Antibiofilm Molecules

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


AIRBUS DS SPACE SYSTEMS MAPT TEAM

Entry Title: Real-time Omnidirectional Space Radiation Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


CONTEXT MEDICAL, INC.

Entry Title: Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers for Assisted Medical Decision Support

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Entry Title: Millimeter-Resolution RF Body Imaging by Broadband MIMO Arrays

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


FIPLATE, INC.

Entry Title: Countermeasure for Radiation Damage in Space

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


INNAMED, INC.

Entry Title: Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


LIBERTY BIOSECURITY

Entry Title: Molecules to Safely Protect Against DNA Damage Caused by Ionizing Radiation in Space.          

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


OCEANIT      

Entry Title: The Virtual Medical Staff    

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


OCEANIT      

Entry Title: Nanoenergetic Propulsion 

Challenge Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


PENN STATE SLIPS LAB    

Entry Title: A Zero-Power Biochemical Analysis Platform for Health Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


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Cycle 1 Focus Areas


Cycle 1 Focus Areas

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Cycle 1 Focus Areas


Cycle 1 Focus Areas

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RADIATION – Protection and Mitigation

This challenge focus area seeks to complement and support NASA’s current investments in radiation detection technologies by leveraging on external resources to identify and develop precision radiation detectors.

This challenge topic also includes a call for research results and pharmaceutical agents which support the control or mitigation of space radiation health risks.


LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS – Increase Oxygen Recovery

This challenge focus area seeks to explore new methods to increase the recovery of oxygen (O2) from the carbon dioxide (CO2) exhaled during crew respiration.


CREW HEALTH - Medical Systems and Operations

This challenge focus area seeks to complement or jump-start NASA’s current or planned investments in: 

  • Exploration Lab Analyses Technologies
  • Flexible Ultrasound Technologies/Modalities
  • Food and Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Assisted Medical Decision Support 
  • Augmented Reality Platforms 

EARTH SCIENCES – High Resolution Measurements of Key Greenhouse Gases

This challenge focus area seeks to enable the use of space based LIDAR systems and related technologies which create measurements of the Earth’s atmosphere with unprecedented fidelity.


PROPULSION - Energy Storage Technologies

This challenge focus area seeks to complement NASA’s current investments in electrified propulsion by focusing on research in high specific-energy storage technologies to address stringent weight requirements for aircraft propulsion applications.


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