NASA iTech Forum Showcases Innovators’ Top Energy Solutions

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NASA iTech has selected the top three teams out of a group of 10 finalists for their innovative energy projects and ideas. The 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy is a collaborative effort between NASA and the U.S. Department (DOE) of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to find and foster innovative solutions for critical energy challenges on Earth and in space.

Leaders from NASA, DOE’s ARPA-E and experts in the field of advanced energy technology gathered on Friday at Citibank’s headquarters in New York City to evaluate the finalists’ ideas submitted in the following focus areas: Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells, High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors, Solar Power Systems, Small Fission Power Systems, Innovative Power Management and Distribution and X-Factor Energy. The final category included entries that may not fit within a specific energy focus area but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.

“The iTech Energy competition is the first time we've focused on a more specific topic -- power and energy storage technologies -- and brought DOE in as part of the process," said Therese Griebel, associate administrator for programs for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “The energy focus attracted a large number of interested teams, which made it difficult to get to the top three. We congratulate all of our competitors for getting this far, and we look forward to learning more about the development of their technologies.”

The top three winners of NASA iTech’s 2018 Energy Cycle are listed in alphabetical order:

  • iFeather, Boulder, Colorado
    In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
    Focus area: Innovative Power Management and Distribution
     
  • Stanford University - Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford, California
    Two C: Transportation Electrification through Ubiquitous Wireless Charging
    Focus area: Innovative Power Management and Distribution
     
  • WBGlobalSemi, Inc., Lakewood Ranch, Florida
    Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Management and Distributed Power Applications
    Focus area: Innovative Power Management and Distribution

“NASA is proud to provide a platform for innovators that exposes them to a cadre of industry experts who will be instrumental in the development of their technologies,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “NASA’s chief technologists and the U.S. Department of Energy’s leading subject matter experts provided the teams with a better understanding of requirements for potential infusion of their technologies within a space environment.”

Judges selected the top three innovations based on criteria including technical viability, the likely impact on future space exploration, benefits to humanity and commercialization potential. The teams representing the top three entries selected at the end of the forum received a trophy during the recognition ceremony on June 14.

“Our mission at ARPA-E is to change what’s possible. We’ve been delighted to collaborate with NASA for the iTech challenge, to highlight and empower the people driving energy innovation across our country,” said Conner Prochaska, senior advisor and chief of staff for ARPA-E. “We look forward to future collaborative opportunities with NASA so, together, we can continue to cultivate the next generation of energy technologies for Americans on the ground and in space.”

“It was an honor for Citi to host ‘Energy-Tech’ thought leaders -- policy makers, academics, scientists, investors and innovators -- for NASA iTech challenge,” said Jay Collins, vice chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi. “We were proud to work with NASA on such an important effort to move energy technology out of the lab and into scalable solutions for the Moon, Mars and the planet Earth. Congratulations to the winners, whose technological leadership and entrepreneurialism made us all proud.”

NASA iTech is an initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.

For information about NASA iTech, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
757-636-6300
Sherwood@nianet.org

Jessica Szymanski
Department of Energy, Washington
202-586-4940
Jessica.szymanski@hq.doe.gov

Danielle Romero-Apsilos
Citi Communications & Public Affairs
212-816-2264
danielle.romeroapsilos@citi.com

Top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle Finalists Announced

Top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle Finalists Announced

The NASA iTech Energy competition has selected the top 10 finalists to present their game-changing technologies at a forum next month in New York. The 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy is a collaborative effort between NASA and the U.S. Department (DOE) of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to find and foster innovative solutions for critical energy challenges on Earth and in space.

The 10 finalists were selected by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from NASA and ARPA‑E. The finalists will present June 13 and 14 at the NASA iTech Energy Forum, hosted by Citi Global at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from NASA, DOE, other government agencies, industry, potential investors and others from across the United States will listen in as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.

“I look forward to seeing these 10 finalist present their ideas at the upcoming iTech forum in New York”, said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.  “This is a unique opportunity to present their technologies at an event convening two federal agencies and hosted by a global private sector bank seeking solutions to common energy challenges.” 

The competition invited applicants to submit their concepts for: Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells, High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors, Solar Power Systems, Small Fission Power Systems, Innovative Power Management and Distribution and X-Factor Energy. The final category included entries that may not fit within a specific energy focus area but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.

The top three teams selected at the forum will be recognized during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on June 14 and will be available for interviews. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Gina Anderson at gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov by June 8 to register.

The top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  1. AsterTech, LLC - Beavercreek, Ohio
    3D Additive Manufacturing of High Efficiency and Light-Weight Solar Cells for In-Space Applications
     
  2. ATEIOS - San Diego
    Printed Batteries for Ubiquitous & Conformal Electronics
     
  3. Atomos - Denver
    Splitting the Atom to Connect the Planets: A Commercial Nuclear Power System for Space Operations
     
  4. Environment and Energy Benefit Co. - West Sacramento, California
    BBB: X Factor Liquid Fuel
     
  5. iFeather - Boulder, Colorado
    In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
     
  6. The Pennsylvania State University - Department of Materials Science and Engineering - University Park, Pennsylvania
    Lightweight Monolithic Microcell CPV for Space
     
  7. Stanford University - Department of Electrical Engineering - Stanford, California
    Two C: Transportation electrification through ubiquitous wireless charging
     
  8. University of Michigan and Unified Solar Corporation - Ann Arbor
    Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing Using Intrinsic Energy Storage for High-Efficiency, High-Reliability Solar Power
     
  9. V-Glass - Pewaukee, Wisconsin
    Vacuum Glass for R-10 Windows
     
  10. WBGlobalSemi, Inc. - Lakewood Ranch, Florida
    Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Managem ent and Distributed Power Applications

NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.

To watch the teams present their ideas live on June 13 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) and June 14 (9:10 a.m. – noon), visit:
www.livestream.com/viewnow/2018nasaitechenergycycle

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech


Media Contacts

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
757-636-6300
Sherwood@nianet.org

Jessica Szymanski
Department of Energy, Washington
202-586-4940
Jessica.szymanski@hq.doe.gov

Danielle Romero-Apsilos
Citi Communications & Public Affairs
212-816-2264
danielle.romeroapsilos@citi.com

NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Energy Competition

NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Energy Competition

NASA iTech today announced the selection of 25 of the most promising ideas submitted by innovators across the United States as semifinalists in the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II-Energy.

NASA iTech is an initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to find innovative ideas that address important problems here on Earth and also hold great potential to overcome critical technology hurdles in future space exploration.

NASA has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency‑Energy (ARPA-E) on this unique iTech competition to identify transformational technologies to improve how energy is generated, distributed and stored to the benefit of both space exploration and life on Earth. These game-changing ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, and other government organizations that may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA.

“Making it into the top 25 as a semifinalist for a NASA iTech cycle is no easy feat for the entrepreneurs. The quality and creativity of the proposals we receive to address some of space exploration’s toughest technical objectives are always very impressive, and it’s tough to make the cut,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “This cycle is unique, as it addresses groundbreaking approaches within energy-specific focus areas that could solve important problems here on Earth and in the space community.”

In March, the iTech Challenge issued a call for ideas within energy focus areas such as Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells; High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors; Solar Power Systems; Small Fission Power Systems; Innovative Power Management and Distribution (including Smart Grids and Wireless Power Transfer); and X-Factor Energy.

A panel of subject-matter experts from NASA and ARPA-E will now review the top 25 Cycle II-Energy semifinalist entries based on their relevance, likelihood of success, and potential positive impact on space exploration and life on Earth.

The top 10 finalists for Cycle II-Energy will be announced on May 25. These finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA and DOE leadership, space industry leaders, and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle II-Energy Forum to be held at Citi’s global headquarters in New York City, June 11-14.

The top 25 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II-Energy semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):

  1. AGPower92 - Poway, California
    Improve Space and Terrestrial Power Systems
     
  2. AsterTech, LLC - Beavercreek, Ohio
    3D Additive Manufacturing of High Efficiency and Light-Weight Solar Cells for In-Space Applications
     
  3. ATEIOS - La Jolla, California
    Printed Batteries for Ubiquitous & Conformal Electronics
     
  4. ATOMOS - Denver
    Splitting the Atom to Connect the Planets: A Commercial Nuclear Power System for Space Operations
     
  5. Birmingham Technologies - Arlington, Virginia
    The Nano-Boxx: A Nanoscale Energy Harvester
     
  6. Cactus Materials, Inc. - Tempe, Arizona
    Nanoengineered Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) thin film solid state batteries on roll-to-roll manufacturing for EV Vehicle
     
  7. Castor Air 2 Electricity and Water Solutions Inc. - Chelsea, Massachusetts
    Onsite Air to Electricity & Water Multiplier Microgrid
     
  8. Environment and Energy Benefit Co. - West Sacramento, California
    BBB: X Factor Liquid Fuel
     
  9. Gilman Industries, LLC - East Northport, New York
    Alternate Polymer-Based H2 from Tap Water Electrolyzer
     
  10. HE3DA USA - Redondo Beach, California
    Innovative 3D Nanotechnology for Energy Storage
     
  11. Howe Industries, LLC - Tempe, Arizona
    Ion Enhanced Thermoelectric Generator (ITEG)
     
  12. Idaho National Laboratory - Idaho Falls, Idaho
    Remediation of Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Ground and Water Using a Novel Trace Element Humate Surfactant Solution (TEHS)
     
  13. iFeather - Boulder, Colorado
    In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
     
  14. Ion Power Group, LLC - Navarre, Florida
    Nanomaterial Breakthrough Generates Electricity Day & Night on Earth & Mars
     
  15. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy - Indianapolis
    Complete Hydrogen Storage Systems by ISRU
     
  16. MCE Nexus - Dublin, Ohio
    A Materials-Chemistry-Energy Nexus for Lunar, Planetary and Asteroid (LPA) Systems: High Energy Density Silane Based Fuels
     
  17. NT Ionics - Boulder, Colorado
    High Performance Ceramic Electrolyte for High Energy Density and All Solid-State Lithium Batteries
     
  18. OptiCOMP Networks - Attleboro, Massachusetts
    Rapid Wafering of Wide Bandgap Substrates
     
  19. The Pennsylvania State University- Department of Materials Science and Engineering - University Park, Pennsylvania
    Lightweight Monolithic Microcell CPV for Space
     
  20. Power System Engineers - Chula Vista, California
    Orbital Observation, Data Collection and Analysis of Power Consumption
     
  21. Stanford- Department of Electrical Engineering - Stanford, California
    Two C: Transportation electrification through ubiquitous wireless charging
     
  22. Solar Under Transmission with Shared Ownership (SUTSO) - Gaithersburg, Maryland
    Solar Under Transmission with Shared Ownership
     
  23. University of Michigan and Unified Solar Corporation - Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing Using Intrinsic Energy Storage for High-Efficiency, High-Reliability Solar Power
     
  24. V-Glass - Pewaukee, Wisconsin
    Vacuum Glass for R-10 Windows
     
  25. WBGlobalSemi, Inc. - La Honda, California
    Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Managem ent and Distributed Power Applications


For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

For information about DOE’s ARPA-E, visit:
https://arpa-e.energy.gov


Media Contacts

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
757-636-6300
Sherwood@nianet.org

Jessica Szymanski
Department of Energy, Washington
202-586-4940
Jessica.szymanski@hq.doe.gov

Danielle Romero-Apsilos
Citi Communications & Public Affairs
212-816-2264
danielle.romeroapsilos@citi.com

NASA iTech Seeks Energy Ideas to Improve Life on Earth, Enhance Space Exploration

NASA iTech Seeks Energy Ideas to Improve Life on Earth, Enhance Space Exploration

NASA iTech and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) are collaborating on a unique iTech competition to identify transformational energy technologies that can improve energy generation, storage and distribution to the benefit of both space exploration and life on Earth.

For the 2018 iTech Energy Cycle, NASA and ARPA-E are seeking to identify the nation’s top entrepreneurs and researchers to present their innovative technologies to address energy-specific challenges. A few examples of technology sub-themes that NASA believes have the potential to improve future space power systems include, but are not limited to:

  • Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells
  • High-energy Density Batteries and Supercapacitors
  • Solar Power Systems
  • Small Fission Power Systems
  • Innovative Power Management and Distribution (including smart grids and wireless power transfer)
  • X-Factor Energy: innovations so compelling NASA and ARPA-E should know about them

"Although this is not a typical Cycle, NASA iTech has proven to be a successful public-private partnership model for stimulating the development of groundbreaking technologies, without the government being the early investor,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Previous entrants to NASA iTech have already raised more than $50 million in private investment funds."

Starting today and continuing through April 29, 2018, inventors and entrepreneurs can submit a five-page white paper on their concept on the NASA iTech website. A panel of subject matter experts from NASA and ARPA-E will review ideas submitted and select the top 10 finalists based on their relevance and potential impact.

“The finalists have an opportunity to present their technologies and engage with NASA and ARPA-E subject matter experts, potential investors, and industry partners,” said Blackwell. “NASA is pleased to see an increased interest from the private sector by having Citi facilitate inclusion of a broad range of energy investors and corporate energy experts to assist in the competition process. Citi will also host the final round of coaching and judging at Citi’s global headquarters in New York City from June 11-14.”

“Citi is honored to support NASA iTech with this effort to crowdsource innovative and sustainable energy solutions that solve space exploration challenges as well as energy challenges here on earth,” said Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy provides R&D funding for transformational ideas to create America’s future energy technologies. ARPA-E focuses exclusively on early-stage technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use, and store energy.

NASA iTech is an initiative sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about the Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech


Media Contacts

Gina Anderson

Headquarters, Washington

202-358-1160

gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

 

Jessica Szymanski

Department of Energy, Washington

202-586-4940

Jessica.szymanski@hq.doe.gov

 

Robert Julavits

Citi Communications & Public Affairs

Office: 212-816-8020

Mobile: 415-806-5120

robert.w.julavits@citi.com

NASA iTech Selects Top Three Teams in Innovation Competition

NASA iTech Selects Top Three Teams in Innovation Competition

NASA iTech has selected the top three teams out of a group of 10 finalists for their innovative technology projects and ideas that may improve future deep space exploration and life on Earth.

NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve problems on Earth, and also advance technologies necessary to achieve NASA’s strategic objectives. The winning teams of entrepreneurs presented their proposed solutions to tough space technology challenges and were evaluated by NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors.

"NASA iTech gives innovators a platform to present their ideas to a unique group of technologists and investors who may be instrumental in their technology’s development. This gives them access to potential markets they may not have recognized,” said Jim Reuter, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. "This program activity is an exciting prospect for us as an agency, and gives us the opportunity to learn more about these innovations that are in various stages of technology readiness.”

The top three winners of NASA iTech’s 2018 Cycle 1 are listed in alphabetical order:

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois
Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion. Plasma-assisted fuel injectors for improved combustion in jet engines and gas turbines.
Potential aeronautics application: technology that reduces fuel consumption at low power
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Germfalcon - Los Angeles
Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft. A germicidal UVC product designed for airlines that eliminates viruses and bacteria known to cause disease on high-touch aircraft surfaces.
Potential space application: to protect the health of explorers on long-duration missions
Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough  

Somatic Labs - Phoenix
Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication. A design software and reference hardware that animates the human sense of touch. Potential space application: enables communication that doesn’t rely on sight or sound
Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

Leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders evaluated the finalists’ ideas submitted in the following focus areas: Augmented Reality Advancement, Medical Breakthrough, and X-Factor Innovation. The X-Factor Innovation category allowed for entries that may not fit within a specific focus area but clearly demonstrated a potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth. Judges selected the top three innovations based on criteria including technical viability, the likely impact on future space exploration, benefits to humanity and commercialization potential.                            

The teams representing the top three entries selected at the end of the forum received a trophy during a recognition ceremony on Feb. 1.

"NASA iTech is an innovative approach for the agency, and working with entrepreneurs developing new technologies keeps us apprised of what is being developed external to NASA,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for the STMD at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “When you put innovators, industry experts, potential investors and NASA’s chief technologists together and add that spark of fresh ideas, what we all learn can provide a catalyst that could light the way to the future of exploration.”

NASA iTech is an initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.      

For information about NASA iTech, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

 


Media Contacts:

Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

 

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

 

 

Top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 Finalists Announced

Top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 Finalists Announced

The top 10 entries in NASA iTech’s latest call for ideas have been selected and the innovators behind those ideas are invited to participate as finalists in the NASA iTech Forum. NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA's challenges agencywide.

The top 10 finalists’ presentations are scheduled on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the culmination of the NASA iTech Forum, which will be held at Canon U.S.A., Inc. in Melville, New York. Representatives from NASA, other federal agencies, industry, the investment community, and others from across the U.S. will be on hand as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.

“NASA iTech is an innovation incubator that brings together the right people to the right place and time, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their technologies as a future commercial market product solution for both Earth and NASA,” said Kira Blackwell, program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The entrepreneurs who participate in NASA iTech are required to address both terrestrial and extraterrestrial challenges, providing the opportunity for the government to easily become a future ’off the shelf’ consumer.”

Leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders will evaluate the most promising ideas submitted in the following focus areas: Augmented Reality Advancement, Medical Breakthrough, and X-Factor Innovation. The X-Factor Innovation category allows for entries that may not fit within a specific focus area, but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.                            

Teams representing the top three entries­ selected at the end of the forum will receive special recognition during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on Feb. 1 and will be available for press opportunities after the awards are announced.

“Over the last 12 months, many of the top 18 companies that have participated in NASA iTech have reported to have raised more than $50 million in private investments to further develop their technologies,” said Blackwell. 

Registration for the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum is now open at https://nasaitech.com/cycle-3-forum. Media interested in covering the Forum should contact Gina Anderson at gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov by Jan. 21 to preregister.

The top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 finalists are (in alphabetical order):


BioVirtua - San Francisco      

Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement


FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois      

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation


Germfalcon - Los Angeles

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough        


H2 Energy Now - Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves            

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation 


Hyperloop Transportation Technologies - Los Angeles         

Innovation: Augmented Voyage        

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement  


iFirst Medical Technologies - Honolulu

Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough


Million Concepts - Lemont, Pennsylvania

Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough


New Frontier Aerospace - Livermore, California

Innovation: Affordable, Powered Recovery for Small Launch Vehicles

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation


Rice Technology - Milwaukee

Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor - Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation             



Somatic Labs - Phoenix

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement


NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.                                      

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech


Contacts:

Timothy Allen

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

615-955-2859

timothy.allen@nianet.org

 

Gina Anderson

NASA Headquarters, Washington     

202-358-1160

gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Innovation Competition

NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Innovation Competition

NASA iTech has selected 25 of the most promising ideas submitted by innovators across the U.S. as semifinalists in Cycle 3.

NASA’s iTech is an initiative by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to find innovative ideas that address important problems here on Earth and also hold great potential to overcome critical technology hurdles in future space exploration. Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, and other government organizations that may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

“It’s always exciting to see the ideas that the top 25 semifinalists submit for each Cycle. The creativity and potential these entrepreneurs propose, to address some of space exploration’s toughest technical objectives are always very impressive,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “These entries also reflect groundbreaking approaches that could solve important problems here on Earth within our focus areas.”

In September, NASA iTech issued a call for solutions within focus areas including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Advancement, Autonomy, High Performance Computing and Medical Breakthrough. The popular NASA iTech Cycle 2 category, X-Factor Innovations, also returned in Cycle 3 to allow for trailblazing ideas or technologies that may not align precisely with another specific focus area, but could still make a significant impact on future exploration efforts.

A panel of subject matter experts representing NASA will now review the top 25 Cycle 3 semifinalist entries based on their relevance, likelihood of success, and potential positive impact on space exploration and life on Earth.

The top ten finalists for NASA’s iTech Cycle 3 will be announced on Dec. 18. These finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum to be held at Canon U.S.A. in Melville, New York, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

The top 25 NASA iTech Cycle 2 semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):

 

AdvancingX - Rocklin, California

Innovation: Organizational Team Index & Motion Analysis Key Indicators

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

BI Tech - Business Integra Technology Solutions - Houston, Texas

Innovation: SG200 Space Computer

Challenge Area: High Performance Computing

 

BioVirtua - San Francisco, California

Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

BluHaptics - Seattle, Washington

Innovation: Augmented Telerobotics: Key Enabler to Commercialization of Space

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Bubble Base - Pasadena, California

Innovation: 3D Printed Bubble Base for Space

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Georgia Tech & Aurora Flight Sciences - Atlanta, Georgia

Innovation: Autonomous Parabolic Laboratory

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Germfalcon - Los Angeles, California

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

Green Fortress Engineering (GFE) - Greensburg, Indiana

Innovation: Orthogonal Loops in a Circular Cislunar Economy

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

H2 Energy Now - Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies - Los Angeles, California

Innovation: Augmented Voyage

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

iFirst Medical Technologies - Honolulu, Hawaii

Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

InnoStudio - SpeedyNano Team - San Diego, California

Innovation: Nanoization to Develop Hydroponic Cultures

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough 

 

International Game Technology (IGT) - San Ramon, California

Innovation: NASA Interactive Portal (NIP)

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

LOOK - Lafayette, Indiana

Innovation: Junior Tube & LOOK Combined: Visual Resources to Overcome Challenges

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

Million Concepts - Lemont, Pennsylvania

Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

New Frontier Aerospace - Livermore, California

Innovation: Affordable, Powered Recovery for Small Launch Vehicles

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

OncoTab – Charlotte, North Carolina

Innovation: A Monitoring Strategy for the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer in High-Risk Individuals

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

 

PHR Plus - Phoenix, Arizona

Innovation: Connected Health Tools

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

QT Team - Houston, Texas

Innovation: Utilizing Quadrant Theory for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Rice Technology - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor - Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Senstone - San Francisco, California

Innovation: Senstone: 21st-century Diary Suited for Spacecraft

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

Somatic Labs - Phoenix, Arizona

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

 

SpaceFlow - San Diego, California

Innovation: Pump-free Flow Reactor

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

 

University of Arkansas - CPMC Team - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Innovation: Cyber-physical Manufacturing Cloud for Space Manufacturing

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation


For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech


Media Contacts:

Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters, Washington     
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov 

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org


NASA Calls for Ideas to Enhance Future Space Exploration with Next iTech Challenge

NASA Calls for Ideas to Enhance Future Space Exploration with Next iTech Challenge

September 15, 2017 -- WASHINGTON

A new cycle of the NASA iTech initiative kicks off today with a call for technical solutions to fill gaps in areas identified as having a critical impact on future space exploration.

The request for a five-page white paper is the first phase of NASA iTech Cycle 3, part of a collaborative initiative to find and foster innovative solutions from small and large businesses, universities, non-profits, U.S. government organizations outside of NASA and undiscovered inventors. Inventors and entrepreneurs can enter NASA iTech Cycle 3 at the NASA iTech website through Oct. 20, 2017.

"Since December 2016, NASA iTech has had 20 entrepreneurs across the U.S. present their innovative solutions to solving some of the toughest challenges here on Earth and in space," said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "There is no other forum where entrepreneurs have an opportunity to present their technologies and engage with the NASA chief technologists, potential investors from outside of the agency, and industry partners.”

The technology focus areas for NASA iTech Cycle 3 are: artificial intelligence, augmented reality advancement, autonomy, high performance computing, and medical breakthrough. The popular Cycle 2 category, X-Factor innovations, has been kept for Cycle 3 to allow for groundbreaking ideas or technology that may not align precisely with another specific focus area, but could still make a significant impact on future exploration efforts.

Proposed Timeline - Subject to Modification

The NASA iTech white paper and application process makes it easy for anyone with potential solutions to participate. A panel of subject matter experts will review ideas submitted within the application window for Cycle 3 and down-select the top 10 finalists based on their relevance and potential impact in the technology focus areas. The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA's top technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum, slated for late January 2018.

“This forum has proven to be a successful model for stimulating the development of groundbreaking technologies, without the government being the early investor,” said Blackwell. “At the current rate, these companies are on track to raise over $50 million dollars in private funds by December of this year. I can hardly wait to see the outcome from Cycle 3.”

NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about the Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech


Media Contacts

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington     
202-358-1160

gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859

timothy.allen@nianet.org

NASA Selects Top Three iTech Innovators for Continued Collaboration


Judges at NASA's second iTech Forum have selected the top three best innovative ideas for continued collaboration that may lead to new high technology products that have the potential to benefit NASA in the future, and the nation.

After two days of entrepreneurs presenting their proposed solutions to tough technology challenges, the top three teams were selected by judges consisting of NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors. Hosted by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia, from July 12-13, the forum brought together 10 finalists from across the U.S. to compete and showcase their innovations. 

"Technological innovation is a major force in economic growth," said Douglas Terrier, NASA's acting chief technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington. "NASA iTech is designed to spark innovative new technology development outside of traditional government-industry partnerships. NASA iTech offers a platform for entrepreneurs to present their technologies to potential investors and stakeholders.” 

NASA iTech is an initiative designed to identify cutting edge technologies that may solve problems on Earth that also have the potential to solve some of NASA’s deep space exploration challenges. Judges selected the top three innovations based on criteria including technical viability, the likely impact on future space exploration and commercialization potential. 

"NASA iTech is unique in that it reveals groundbreaking technology solutions and provides a catalyst for industry investors, government agencies and small businesses to collaborate with the innovators to mature their technologies for both space and commercial applications,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 

The top three winners of NASA iTech’s Cycle 2 announced at the conclusion of the forum were:

Entrant: Context AI, Santa Clara, CA
Innovation: Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers
Challenge Area: Medical Systems and Operations

Entrant: Children’s National Health System - Omniboros Team, Washington
Innovation: Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) for Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Unmet Needs
Challenge Area: Autonomy

Entrant: University of Houston, Houston
Innovation: Biologically Inspired Adaptive Anti-Icing Surfaces
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

NASA iTech is an initiative by the Office of the Chief Technologist in cooperation with the National Institute of Aerospace. The Office of the Chief Technologist provides the strategy and leadership that integrates NASA’s technology development and innovation activities to enable NASA's current and future missions.
 

For information about NASA iTech, visit: 

http://www.NASAiTech.com

For information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/oct


 
Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington     
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

 

 

Top Ten 2017 NASA iTech Finalists Announced

Top Ten 2017 NASA iTech Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2017) -- Innovators behind the top ten entries in NASA iTech’s latest call for ideas have been selected and invited to participate as finalists in the 2017 NASA iTech Forum. NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA's challenges for deep space exploration.

At the NASA iTech Forum, leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders have the opportunity to evaluate the most promising ideas submitted by small and large businesses, universities, non-profits, U.S. government organizations outside of NASA and undiscovered inventors from across the U.S. Entrants outlined potential solutions within challenge focus areas including Autonomy, Big Data: Data Mining and Machine Learning, Medical Systems and Operations, and Radiation Protection and Mitigation. A fifth category, X-Factor Innovations: Solutions for Unspecified Future Challenges allows for entries that may not fit within another focus area, but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.

A panel of subject matter experts representing NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist selected the finalist entries based on their relevance, likelihood of achievement and potential positive impact to both space exploration and life on Earth.

The top ten finalist’s presentations are scheduled on July 12 - 13 at the NASA iTech Forum, which will be held at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia in conjunction with NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Centennial celebration.

"Innovation is critical to developing the breakthrough technologies we'll need to reach our space exploration goals, but we don't have to tackle these challenges alone. We are discovering remarkable ideas and inventions in the commercial market from non-aerospace innovators that may also provide solutions to our technical challenges," said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters. 

Teams representing the top three solutions­ selected at the end of the forum will receive special recognition during an awards ceremony on July 13 and will be available for press opportunities after the awards are announced. RSVPs for the 2017 NASA iTech Forum should be sent to robin.ford@nianet.org. Media wishing to attend should contact Gina Anderson at gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov by July 10 to preregister.

The top ten NASA iTech Cycle 1 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Aesop Technologies, Newport News, VA
Innovation: Aesop Nucleus
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

Audacy, Mountain View, CA
Innovation: Seamless and On-Demand Satellite Communications Architecture
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Bitome, Boston, MA
Innovation: In Vivo Metabolism Monitoring by Miniaturized NMR Spectroscopy
Challenge Area: Medical Systems and Operations

Context Medical, Santa Clara, CA
Innovation: Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers
Challenge Area: Medical Systems and Operations

Fiplate, Las Vegas, NV
Innovation: Tissue Regeneration After Radiological and Acute Trauma in Space
Challenge Area: Radiation Protection and Mitigation

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Innovation: Autonomous Operations of Large-Scale Satellite Constellations and Ground Station Networks
Challenge Area: Autonomy

PacSci EMC, Chandler, AZ
Innovation: Modular Architecture Propulsion System (MAPS™)
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

QuantumStack, Suffolk, VA
Innovation: Decentralized Global Computer Network
Challenge Area: Big Data

Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System (Omniboros Team), Washington, DC
Innovation: Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) for Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Unmet Needs
Challenge Area: Autonomy

University of Houston, Houston, TX
Innovation: Biologically Inspired Adaptive Anti-Icing Surfaces
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations


NASA’s iTech is an initiative by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia. 

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/overview


For information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/oct


For more information about the National Institute of Aerospace, visit:
http://www.nianet.org


Media Contacts:

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov