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

 

NASA iTech Top 25 Semifinalists Announced

NASA iTech Top 25 Semifinalists Announced

Twenty-five of the most promising ideas submitted by innovators across the U.S. are moving forward as semifinalists in the most recent challenge issued through NASA’s iTech initiative. NASA iTech is a yearlong effort to find innovative ideas that address challenges that will fill gaps in critical areas identified by NASA as having a potential impact on future space exploration.

This February, NASA iTech issued a call for white papers outlining possible solutions within five Cycle 2 challenge focus areas. A panel of subject matter experts representing NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist are now reviewing the top 25 semifinalist entries based on their relevance, likelihood of achievement and potential positive impact to space exploration and life on Earth.

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

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

Entrant: Apex Space Technologies, Tacoma, WA
Innovation: Cryogenic Vortex Scrubber for Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor Removal
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

Entrant: Applied Chaos Lab at NCSU, Raleigh, NC
Innovation: Adaptive, Fault Tolerant Hardware Suitable for Autonomous, Mission Sensitive Applications
Challenge Area: Autonomy

Entrant: AT&T Moonshot, Snohomish, WA
Innovation: Enabling High Earth Orbit Communications
Challenge Area: Autonomy

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

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

Entrant: CALCE - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Innovation: Fusion Prognostics for System Health Management
Challenge Area: Big Data

Entrant: CALCE - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Innovation: An Efficient Ensemble Learning Method for Classification of Big Data
Challenge Area: Big Data

Entrant: CALCE - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Innovation: Radiation Reliability of Electronics in Internet of Things Applications
Challenge Area: Radiation Protection and Mitigation

Entrant: John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Innovation: Complexity for MarsAlgorithms and Sensors for Network Analysis of Contributing Factors to Assess and Promote Mission Resilience in Human Space Flights
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

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

Entrant: Dominion Space, Austin, TX
Innovation: Self-Assembling, Self-Repairing Geodesic Domes and Spheres
Challenge Area: Autonomy

Entrant: Flux IoT, Dallas, TX
Innovation: Eddy. The Brain for the First Autonomous Farm on Mars
Challenge Area: Big Data

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

Entrant: NAG-Biosystems, Miami, FL
Innovation: Multifactor Supplement Solution for Radiation Protection and Mitigation
Challenge Area: Radiation Protection and Mitigation

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

Entrant: Oceanit, Honolulu, HI
Innovation: In-Situ Resource Utilization: Extraterrestrial Active Transformer for Elemental Recovery
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

Entrant: Omniboros, Washington, DC
Innovation: Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) for Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Unmet Needs
Challenge Area: Autonomy

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

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

Entrant: SpaceBooster, Aurora, CO
Innovation: Interplanetary Spacecraft
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovations

Entrant: TriTex, Houston, TX
Innovation: Tradeoffs in Data Analytics
Challenge Area: Big Data

Entrant: UHD Robotics Team, Houston, TX
Innovation: Cognitive Control of Robots with Functional Neuroimaging Data and Transfer Learning
Challenge Area: Autonomy

Entrant: State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, NY
Innovation: Relative Navigation for a Formation of Spacecraft With Laser Communication Devices
Challenge Area: Autonomy

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

The top ten finalists will be announced on June 10. These finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors at the 2017 NASA iTech Forum during NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial celebrations in July.

NASA’s iTech is an initiative by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia. The Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) provides the strategy and leadership that integrates NASA’s technology development and innovation activities.

Journalists wishing to attend the NASA iTech Forum in July in Hampton, Virginia must RSVP to Gina Anderson, NASA HQ Office of Communications, by COB Friday, July 7.

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


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 Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

NASA Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

Expanding on the success of the first NASA iTech Forum held last December, the second cycle of the NASA iTech initiative opens today with a call for white papers summarizing ideas that fill gaps in areas identified by NASA as having a critical impact on future space exploration.

The call for five-page white papers is the first phase of NASA iTech Cycle 2 and the next phase of a yearlong collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions from small and large businesses, universities, non-profits, U.S. government organizations outside of NASA and undiscovered inventors.

“The caliber of finalists presenting at the first iTech Forum was exceptional,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington. “This first cycle proved that remarkable solutions to our technical challenges could come from non-aerospace innovators as well."

The technology focus areas for NASA iTech Cycle 2 are: Autonomy, Big Data - Data Mining and Machine Learning, Medical Systems and Operations and Radiation Protection and Mitigation. An additional category, X-Factor Innovations: Solutions for Unspecified Future Challenges, has been added for this cycle 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.

The NASA iTech white paper and application are designed to simplify the review process and make it easier for anyone with potential solutions to participate. A panel of subject matter experts will review the papers and down-select the top 10 finalists based on their relevance and potential impact in the technology topic areas.

The iTech platform provides innovators a platform to collaborate directly with the innovators.  The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors at the 2017 NASA iTech Forum held at NASA’s Langley Research Center during their Centennial Celebration, July 10-14, 2017.

NASA iTech's call for innovative ideas is open from Feb. 23 through April 7 to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents on the NASA iTech website. NASA does not claim intellectual property rights to the ideas presented at the iTech Forum. NASA iTech is an initiative by the Office of the Chief Technologist and 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


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

Innovation Experts Provide Unique Approaches to Space Solutions at 33rd Space Symposium

Innovation Experts Provide Unique Approaches to Space Solutions at 33rd Space Symposium

"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. There are many remarkable solutions already being developed in the commercial market by non-aerospace innovators that also may provide solutions to our technical challenges," said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters. "The Innovation panel at the Space Symposium brings together a good balance of innovators, industry leaders, investors and government experts to highlight a unique initiative NASA has developed to foster innovation in a non-traditional way."

NASA iTech in the News

NASA iTech in the News

"...to my surprise, I was completely blown away by the quality and technical depth of these magnificent ten.

First lesson I’ve learned? NASA definitely accelerates not only rockets, but also startups."

NASA iTech Forum Results

NASA iTech Forum Results

NASA iTech Forum Showcases Innovators’ Top Technology Solutions for Future Space Exploration Challenges

 

Innovators from across the U.S. recently traveled to NASA Headquarters in Washington to showcase their proposed solutions to solving future space exploration challenges at the NASA iTech Forum. At the end of the forum, the top three finalists were selected to further refine their innovations in the areas of radiation protection and life support systems in space.

NASA iTech is a collaborative initiative designed to help address gaps in future technologies needed for space exploration. The forum provided the opportunity for industry investors, government agencies and small businesses to collaborate with the innovators and further develop the solutions presented for space and commercial application.

"NASA has robust programs to develop and mature technologies for future space exploration, but we also recognize that remarkable solutions to our technical challenges can come from non-aerospace innovators as well,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington. "The iTech initiative is unique in that NASA doesn’t claim intellectual property rights to the ideas presented and provides an opportunity for industry and investors to evaluate the proposed solutions and collaborate directly with the innovators."

NASA iTech launched last September with a call for white papers. Last week, judges evaluated entries from across the nation to select the top ten ideas presented during the iTech forum.

On Dec. 8, judges selected the top three innovations based on criteria including technical viability, the likely impact on future space exploration and commercialization potential.

The top three innovators were (in alphabetical order):


Aequor, Inc.

Oceanside, California

Entry Title: Novel Antibiofilm Molecules

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


InnaMed, Inc.

Anaheim, California

Entry Title: Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Liberty Biosecurity

Arlington, Virginia

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

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


These three finalists from Cycle 1 will receive six months of additional mentoring to help them further mature their solutions and benefit from collaboration between researchers and industry experts.

"In my experience as an investor, NASA iTech is the best forum to bring together consultants, investors, entrepreneurs and government to discuss NASA’s future technological needs to manifest large investments in space," said Jose Ocasio-Christian, CEO of Caelus Partners, LLC, of Seattle. "In a matter of days, NASA iTech was able to align and manifest financial investments that would have taken Caelus Partners months to research and validate through traditional venues."

The second Cycle of NASA iTech is planned to begin early next year with a call for white papers announcing the focus areas in January 2017.

NASA iTech is an initiative by the Office of the Chief Technologist in cooperation with the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia. The Office of the Chief Technologist provides the strategy and leadership that integrates NASA’s technology development and innovation activities.

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

Finalists representing the top ten innovations for NASA's iTech Cycle 1 presented their ideas to NASA, space industry and business leaders during the iTech Forum, held Dec. 5-8, 2016 at NASA Headquarters.

Finalists representing the top ten innovations for NASA's iTech Cycle 1 presented their ideas to NASA, space industry and business leaders during the iTech Forum, held Dec. 5-8, 2016 at NASA Headquarters.


For more information, contact:

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