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

NASA iTech Finalists Announced

NASA iTech Finalists Announced

NASA iTech Finalists Invited to Washington to Present Future Space Exploration Technology Ideas

Ten finalists who submitted some of the most promising ideas to fill critical technology challenges of future space exploration have been invited to present their potential solutions at the 2016 NASA iTech Forum in Washington.

The iTech Cycle 1­ forum is a chance for leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders to hear ideas that address technology focus areas including radiation protection; life support systems in space; astronaut crew health; and in-space propulsion.

“Inviting the finalists to NASA Headquarters gives us a rare opportunity to engage our nation’s innovators,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist in Washington. “I look forward to the connections we’ll make, and learning more about their potential solutions to our challenges.”

Finalists are eligible to attend the forum which is scheduled to be held Dec. 5 - 8 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. While there, a team of expert coaches will help the top ten innovators sharpen their presentations to present to NASA and space industry leaders.

At the forum, finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with participants and explore new technology development partnerships. Teams representing the top three solutions­ selected at the end of the forum will also receive six months of additional mentoring to mature their proposed solutions.

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


Aequor, Inc.

Entry Title: Novel Antibiofilm Molecules

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Airbus DS Space Systems MAPT Team

Entry Title: Real-time Omnidirectional Space Radiation Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Context Medical, Inc.

Entry Title: Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers for Assisted Medical Decision Support

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Cornell University

Entry Title: Millimeter-Resolution RF Body Imaging by Broadband MIMO Arrays

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Fiplate, Inc.

Entry Title: Countermeasure for Radiation Damage in Space

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


InnaMed, Inc.

Entry Title: Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery


Liberty Biosecurity

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

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation


Oceanit      

Entry Title: The Virtual Medical Staff    

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


Oceanit      

Entry Title: Nanoenergetic Propulsion 

Challenge Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies


Penn State SLIPS lab    

Entry Title: A Zero-Power Biochemical Analysis Platform for Health Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations


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 December Forum in Washington must RSVP to Gina Anderson, NASA HQ Office of Communications, by COB Friday, Dec. 2. Due to space limitations, non-registered journalists will not be able to attend.

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, 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

 

Top 25 NASA iTech Semifinalists Announced

Top 25 NASA iTech Semifinalists Announced

The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is pleased to announce semifinalists for 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 exploration. NASA iTech issued a call for white papers outlining possible solutions to these challenges on September 21.

Innovators from 24 states across the U.S. submitted ideas in focus areas including radiation protection; life support systems in space; astronaut crew health; in-space propulsion; and the ability to achieve very high-resolution measurements of key greenhouse gasses.

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. A full list of the top 25 semi-finalists and the titles of their papers is online at http://nasaitech.com/cycle1-semifinalists.

These semifinalists will now move forward for further evaluation by a finalist panel of experts assembled by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist to determine the top 10 white papers. The top 10 finalists announced on November 21 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.

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

For more information about the National Institute of Aerospace, visit

http://www.nianet.org

For additional information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, please go to

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/home/index.html

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

 

NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed for Journey to Mars

NASA RELEASE: 16-095

NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed for Journey to Mars

NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agency’s future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the aerospace industry and the public through the new iTech initiative.

NASA's iTech initiative is a yearlong effort to find innovative ideas through a call for white papers that address challenges that will fill gaps in five critical areas identified by NASA as having a potential impact on future exploration. The technology areas are: radiation protection; life support systems in space; astronaut crew health; in-space propulsion; and the ability to achieve very high-resolution measurements of key greenhouse gases.

“NASA has programs to address the agency’s current exploration goals, but we want to also include non-traditional innovators we haven’t heard from before,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive within NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist in Washington. “NASA’s iTech is a collaborative effort with other agencies, universities, industry and the public to help us reach mutually beneficial technology goals.”

The iTech initiative is open to U.S. citizens, universities, organizations and businesses. The call for papers opens Sept. 21 and closes Oct. 17. 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 top 10 finalists will be invited to present their solutions at the NASA iTech Forum at NASA Headquarters in Washington from Dec. 5-8. As part of the forum, top innovators will have the opportunity to discuss their work with industry participants and explore new technology development partnerships.

NASA iTech is an initiative by the Office of the Chief Technologist and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia. NIA will assist the first cycle of NASA iTech selectees by providing six months of mentoring with the goal of developing a customized implementation plan to further move the innovation toward real-world use.

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

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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