2018 NASA iTech Cycle III








2018 NASA iTech Cycle III







2018 NASA iTech Cycle III

Top 10 Finalists Announced

The top 10 finalists for the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Analytical Space – Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Data relay network solution to dramatically expand the utilization of Earth observation technology and provide satellites with more opportunities to downlink data.

  2. Artimus Robotics – Boulder, Colorado (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Denver)

    Robots and machines, made utilizing unique materials for electromechanical actuators, to improve productivity and enhance quality of life.

  3. Danish Aerospace Company North America – Houston

    A water purification technology that removes biological and chemical activity using a passive membrane.   

  4. Devali, Inc. – Cedar Park, Texas

    Biometric analysis socks with user interfaces to track, monitor and study various body measurements.

  5. Exostretch - University of Houston – Houston

    Flexible and stretchable lithium ion batteries.

  6. Lazarus 3D – Houston

    Space medicine training and research models made with 3D printed materials.

  7. Matroid, Inc. – Palo Alto, California

    Computer vision software product focused on detecting faces and objects in video and image libraries.

  8. New Dominion Enterprises, Inc. – San Antonio, Texas

    Safer and longer lasting lithium ion batteries that resist heat-related power loss.

  9. One Milo, Inc. – Miami

    Compact devices that enable rapid diagnostic testing – using samples of blood, urine or saliva – and wirelessly send results to a smartphone application.

  10. Spectrabotics LLC – Colorado Springs, Colorado

    An artificial intelligence toolset for spectral image processing.

These 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA leadership, space industry leaders and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle III Forum to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 25-26, 2018.

Challenge Focus Areas

  • Big Data & Data Mining

  • Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Robotic Capabilities

  • Revolutionary Concepts for Communications

  • Medical Breakthroughs

  • X-Factor Innovations

Detailed descriptions of each Focus Area can be found at https://nasaitech.com/2018-cycle-iii-focus-areas


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2018 Cycle III Focus Areas

2018 Cycle III Challenge Focus Areas

2018 Cycle III Focus Areas

2018 Cycle III Challenge Focus Areas

The five challenge focus areas for NASA iTech Cycle III are:

Big Data & Data Mining

Larger and larger data sets require new approaches to turning data into information.  This is true across industries and particularly acute in the space industry where satellites routinely supply Petabytes of data that must be analyzed.  The reverse of this problem is also true, If you know how to teach machines to make the best decisions with sparse data, such as a moon of Saturn where we might not have thought of everything to pre-program into a rover…In either case, we want to hear from you.

Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Robotic Capabilities

There are many challenges for future space exploration and having robots with artificial intelligence & autonomous capabilities will be essential for future success when operating in an unfamiliar environment, with few examples to have learned from, and tech support literally millions of miles away.  Some of these needs for exploration include (but are not limited to) extraction of materials, hauling, autonomous construction and assembly, or robots that can operate from fault to recovery autonomously due to distances from Earth, or robots with the ability to make decisions like a scientist even when they are in an unknown world.  All of these use cases and more, will require advancements in artificial intelligence and autonomy that have yet to be developed for robots. But if this is something you are working on we would love to hear from you.

Revolutionary Concepts for Communications

Quantum communications is a technology that uses the phenomena of entangled photons to achieve secure, high data rate and long-range communications across space. Although quantum communication technology has not yet been demonstrated at a scale suitable for NASA missions, you may be working on this or a competing technology that can help NASA reduce the reliance on large antennas, broadcast power, and line of sight. If so, we hope to hear from you. 

Medical Breakthroughs

Are you working on new approaches that will revolutionize human health and healthcare? Examples include, but are not limited to, lab analysis technologies, flexible ultrasound technologies, in-situ production capabilities for medicine or food, and technologies that can extend the life of medicine and/or food, hit us with your best shot!

X-Factor Innovations

You have something–you know you do–something so cool something so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!”  If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit with another Cycle III category, this is the category for you!











NASA iTech is a unique initiative to find innovative ideas that address critical problems here on Earth that also hold great potential to solve critical technology challenges in future space exploration.

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.

During the first three cycles of the initiative, finalists from across the U.S. have represented 30 of their most promising innovative technologies at NASA iTech Forums.



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