The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is pleased to announce top 25 semifinalists for Cycle 1 of NASA's iTech initiative.

A distinguished panel of experts established by NIA evaluated all eligible proposals against stringent criteria to determine the potential impact of the innovation in those focus areas as well as the scientific and business strength of each entry. The competition for advancing to the semifinals level was strong. We extend thanks all those who took the time to submit innovative ideas and congratulate the semifinalists listed below. (Entrants listed by team name in alphabetical order as reflected on entry form):


Advanced Propulsion Systems V2

Space Navigation Technology

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


Aequor, Inc.

Novel Antibiofilm Molecules

Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Airbus DS Space Systems MAPT Team

Real-time Omnidirectional Space Radiation Monitoring

Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Apex Space Technologies

Cryogenic Vortex Scrubber for Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor Removal

Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Context Medical, Inc.

Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers for Assisted Medical Decision Support

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Cornell University

Millimeter-Resolution RF Body Imaging by Broadband MIMO Arrays

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


CU Boulder Bioastronautics Algae Group

3D Printed Biological Embedded Structure for Air Revitalization of Inhabited Environments

Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Fiplate, Inc.

Countermeasure for Radiation Damage in Space

Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Georgia Tech Research Institute

Graphene Enhanced Lithium Ion Batteries: High Energy Density Storage to Enable the Clean Energy Future

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


Inferior Machines

The Magcore 1

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


InnaMed, Inc.

A Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing

Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Liberty Biosecurity, LLC

TMSMs – Molecules to Safely Protect Against DNA Damage Caused by Ionizing Radiation in Space

Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Oceanit

The Virtual Medical Staff

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.

Hydration-Track: Wearable Non-Invasive Sweat Sensing for Continuous Physiological Monitoring

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Oceanit Labs

Nanoenergetic Propulsion

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


Partial-G(ee)

ISS Centrifuge Demo - Human Habitable

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Penn State - SLIPS-LAB Team

A Zero-Power Biochemical Analysis Platform for Health Monitoring

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Physiclo Resistance Training Gear

A Novel Wearable Exercise Suit With Built-In Resistance Technology

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


PR with VR

Public Relations, Astronaut Health, and Systems Operation/Maintenance by Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


S3T

Sustainable Space Sanitation Through Biochar in Mars

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Space Age Equipment Co.

Capture and Release Mechanism for Spacecraft Logistics with Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Actuation

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


SpaceBooster, LLC

Interplanetary Spacecraft

Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Terrestrial & Cislunar Exploration Technologies

Xenon Gas Pressurized Habitats as SEP Stage Augmented Propellant Tanks for Prepositioning and Radiation Shielding

Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Erasmus: Food Contact Safe and Medical Use Plastics 3D Printer, Recycler, and Sterilizer System

Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


UAH Plasma

Microplasma Oxygenator for Manned Space Missions

Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


These semifinalists will now move forward to the next round of judging by a finalist panel of experts assembled by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. The top 10 finalists will be announced on November 21 and will be invited to present their solutions to NASA and industry leadership at the NASA iTech Forum at NASA Headquarters in Washington, December 5-8.

At the forum, finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their work with industry participants and explore new technology development partnerships. The top three solutions selected by judges at the end of the forum will also receive six months of additional mentoring to further mature the technologies.