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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

 

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.

It's easy to participate in NASA iTech. The first step for potential innovators to enter is to submit a five-page white paper summarizing proposed innovation to solve challenges in one of the focus areas listed below.


The Call for White Papers for Cycle 2 is open February 23 through April 7, 2017.


 

We stand at a pivotal moment in space exploration. 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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Cycle 2 Focus Areas


Cycle 2 Challenge Focus Areas

Cycle 2 Focus Areas


Cycle 2 Challenge Focus Areas

The five challenge focus areas for NASA iTech Cycle 2 are:


Autonomy

This challenge focus area seeks to complement NASA’s current investments in the development of intelligent machine technologies and methods supporting operational needs in functional areas such as navigation, communication, surveillance, robotics, and design of architectures for integration into an autonomous system.


Big Data: Data Mining and Machine Learning

This challenge focus area seeks to improve NASA’s speed and cost efficiency of dataset analysis.  This includes potential breakthroughs in the areas of distributed computing, machine learning, and/or blockchain technology that significantly lowers the cost and increases the speed of analyzing large datasets.


Medical Systems and Operations

This challenge focus area seeks to complement and support NASA’s current investments in medical systems and operations for crew health in areas such as exploration lab analyses technologies, food and pharmaceutical technologies, and AI-assisted medical decision support - including the potential use of augmented reality platforms.


Radiation Protection and Mitigation

This challenge focus area seeks to complement and support NASA’s current investments in radiation detection technologies by leveraging external resources to identify and develop precision radiation detectors.  This challenge area also includes a call for research results and pharmaceutical agents which support the control or mitigation of space radiation health risks.


X-Factor Innovations: Solutions for Unspecified Future Challenges

Understanding that innovation can be unpredictable, this challenge focus area is specifically for solutions not identified in one of the other iTech Cycle 2 focus areas. Entries in this category should be able to clearly demonstrate a strong potential to solve a critical need for NASA that is not identified in one of the other four Cycle 2 focus areas. 

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Cycle 2 Process and Timeline


Timeline and Process

Cycle 2 Process and Timeline


Timeline and Process

Planned Timeline - Subject to Modification


iTech Cycle 2 Process

  • All eligible white papers* submitted by April 7, 2017 will be evaluated by a panel of experts organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The top 25 potential solutions will be announced May 4, 2017.

  • Semifinalist papers will be reviewed further by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the top 10 finalists will be announced on June 1, 2017.

  • Representatives of those top 10 innovations will be invited to participate in the NASA iTech Forum at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, July 10 - 14, 2017 during their Centennial Celebration. 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 2 will be announced after the conclusion of the NASA iTech Forum.

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

For additional formatting guidelines and to submit an entry click here.


Congratulations to our NASA iTech Cycle 1 Top Ten Finalists!