Top 10 iTech Finalists Announced, Will Present to NASA Chief Technologists

Top 10 iTech Finalists Announced, Will Present to NASA Chief Technologists

Innovators don’t always have space on their mind, but NASA iTech can help. The competition challenges entrepreneurs to consider how their biomedical, software and other technology ideas could be adapted and used for future space exploration missions

NASA has selected 10 competition finalists to present their ideas at the iTech forum in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 25-26, 2018. Chief technologists from various NASA centers, other federal agencies and industry will listen to presentations and meet with participants. NASA judges will ultimately determine three winners of the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III competition.

“Our goal is to help entrepreneurs expand their technology pitches beyond the original scope to include off-Earth applications,” said Kira Blackwell the NASA iTech program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “Some of our past competitors have gone a step further after iTech, applying for and receiving a NASA Small Business Innovation Research grant.”

Among the finalists are artificial intelligence, big data, advanced materials and other unique innovations. The top 10 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Analytical Space – Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Data relay network solution to dramatically expand the utilization of Earth observation technology and provide satellites with more opportunities to downlink data.

  2. Artimus Robotics – Boulder, Colorado (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Denver)

    Robots and machines made with artificial muscles that utilize a unique materials system to create simple, lightweight and cost-effective electromechanical actuators.

  3. Danish Aerospace Company North America – Houston (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Houston)

    A water purification technology that removes biological and chemical activity using a passive membrane.   

  4. Devali, Inc. – Cedar Park, Texas

    Biometric analysis socks with user interfaces to track, monitor and study various body measurements.

  5. Exostretch - University of Houston – Houston

    Flexible and stretchable lithium ion batteries.

  6. Lazarus 3D – Houston

    Space medicine training and research models made with 3D printed materials.

  7. Matroid, Inc. – Palo Alto, California

    Computer vision software product focused on detecting faces and objects in video and image libraries.

  8. New Dominion Enterprises, Inc. – San Antonio, Texas

    Safer and longer lasting lithium ion batteries that resist heat-related power loss.

  9. One Milo, Inc. – Miami

    Compact devices that enable rapid diagnostic testing – using samples of blood, urine or saliva – and wirelessly send results to a smartphone application.

  10. Spectrabotics LLC – Colorado Springs, Colorado

    An artificial intelligence toolset for spectral image processing.

The winning three teams will be selected and recognized during a non-monetary awards ceremony at the culmination of the forum. They will receive continued mentorship to help ensure success in bringing their innovations to market.

Registration for the NASA iTech Cycle III forum is now open. The event will also be livestreamed. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Clare Skelly at clare.a.skelly@nasa.gov by Oct. 24 to preregister.

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

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


Media Contacts

Clare Skelly
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-4273
clare.a.skelly@nasa.gov

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

NASA iTech Semifinalists Rethink Terrestrial Technologies for Space

NASA iTech Semifinalists Rethink Terrestrial Technologies for Space

Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and 3D printing are just a few of the technology threads pitched during the third cycle of the NASA iTech competition. With an eye on how these promising ideas could benefit space exploration, NASA has selected 25 competition semifinalists.

An initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), iTech aims to find innovative ideas that have the potential to overcome critical technology hurdles facing future exploration of the Moon and Mars, even though many were originally meant to solve important problems here on Earth.

These game-changing ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia and other government organizations, giving participants a unique opportunity to present their solutions to NASA.

“NASA iTech is a one of a kind agency activity,” said Kira Blackwell, the NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “We encourage innovators and startups to consider dual use technologies with terrestrial and space-based applications. We are excited that the winners from our ‘Shark Tank’ style Ignite the Night events in Denver and Houston are part of the top 25 semifinalists, whose applications demonstrate the greatest technical viability, likely impact on space exploration and potential for commercialization.”

In July, NASA iTech issued a call for ideas within five space exploration focus areas: Big Data and Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Robotic Capabilities, Revolutionary Concepts for Communications, Medical Breakthroughs, and X-Factor innovations. 

The top 25 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III semifinalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. ActivArmor LLC – Pueblo, Colorado
    A 3D printed waterproof, breathable and hygienic alternative to traditional plaster casts and splints that allows for increased customization.

  2. Analytical Space – Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Data relay network solution to dramatically expand the utilization of Earth observation technology and provide satellites with more opportunities to downlink data.

  3. Apptronik, Inc. – Austin, Texas

    Versatile human-like robotic platform capable of performing a variety of critical tasks for future crewed and uncrewed exploration missions.

  4. Aptage – Austin, Texas
    A novel approach to project management that enables measuring and updating project uncertainty to quantitatively represent the risk of missing cost and schedule targets.

  5. Artimus Robotics – Boulder, Colorado (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Denver)

    Robots and machines made with artificial muscles that utilize a unique materials system to create simple, lightweight and cost-effective electromechanical actuators.

  6. Cemvita Factory, Inc. – Houston

    Bionic plant module that mimics the complete photosynthesis process and offers onsite, in-situ manufacturing of essential life support elements.

  7. Cognitive Space – Manvel, Texas

    A software framework that can be maintained, improved, diagnosed and reconfigured easily to allow for autonomous satellite operations.

  8. Danish Aerospace Company North America – Houston (Winner of the NASA iTech Ignite the Night event in Houston)

    A water purification technology that removes biological and chemical activity using a passive membrane.   

  9. DataMi, LLC – Denver

    Analytic techniques to automate and predict large data sets.

  10. Delfin – Houston

    A virtual advisor built from natural language processing algorithms.

  11. Devali, Inc. – Cedar Park, Texas

    Biometric analysis socks with user interfaces to track, monitor and study various body measurements.

  12. Exostretch - University of Houston – Houston

    Flexible and stretchable lithium ion batteries.

  13. International Game Technology PLC – Reno, Nevada

    A rover that can reconfigure using artificial intelligence software and onboard 3D printing.

  14. Ion Power Group, LLC – Navarre, Florida

    Nanotechnology capable of producing clean, high-voltage electricity during the day and night.

  15. Lazarus 3D – Houston

    Space medicine training and research models made with 3D printed materials.

  16. Matroid, Inc. – Palo Alto, California

    Computer vision software product focused on detecting faces and objects in video and image libraries.

  17. New Dominion Enterprises, Inc. – San Antonio, Texas

    Safer and longer lasting lithium ion batteries that resist heat-related power loss.

  18. NSEP Technology, Inc. (NTI) – Alexandria, Virginia

    Nano-structured propellants capable of enabling superior launch systems.

  19. Olympus Advanced Technologies, LLC – Erie, Pennsylvania

    A precise frequency control and timing solution for small satellites to advance payloads, subsystems and mission operations.

  20. One Milo, Inc. – Miami

    Compact devices that enable rapid diagnostic testing – using samples of blood, urine or saliva – and wirelessly send results to a smartphone application.

  21. PharmaJet, Inc. – Golden, Colorado

    A portable and handheld needle-free injection technology.

  22. Spectrabotics LLC – Colorado Springs, Colorado

    An artificial intelligence toolset for spectral image processing.

  23. SUNY University at Buffalo – Buffalo, New York

    An advanced manufacturing process to create a silica-carbon aerogel with a smaller pore size, enhanced durability and increased infrared radiation absorption.

  24. The Matrixx Power Suit Company, LLC – Astoria, New York

    An exercise training suit designed to improve physical performance in the areas of strength, speed, endurance, rehabilitation, weight loss and general health maintenance.

  25. Tinman Kinetics – Littleton, Colorado

    Semantic language technology that could be used to address the psychological challenges and complexities of distance, time and isolation in space.

A panel of subject-matter experts from NASA will further review the top 25 Cycle III semifinalist selections based on their relevance, likelihood of success and potential positive impact on space exploration and life on Earth.

The top 10 finalists for Cycle III will be announced no earlier than Oct. 1, 2018. These 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA leadership, space industry leaders and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle III Forum to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 25-26, 2018.

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

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


Media Contacts

Clare Skelly
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-4273
clare.a.skelly@nasa.gov

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

NASA Calls for Future Space Exploration Ideas in ‘iTech’ Competition

NASA Calls for Future Space Exploration Ideas in ‘iTech’ Competition

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 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III, 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.

“Over the last 18 months, NASA iTech has provided a forum for 40 entrepreneurs across the U.S. to present their innovative solutions to address some of the toughest challenges here on Earth and in space,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. “This forum has proven to be a successful model for stimulating the development of groundbreaking technologies without the government being the early investor.”

The technology focus areas for 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III are: Big Data & Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Robotic Capabilities, Revolutionary Concepts for Communications, Medical Breakthroughs, and X-Factor innovations -- which allows 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 process is open to innovators with potential solutions to participate. A panel of subject matter experts will review ideas submitted within the application window for Cycle III 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 III Forum, slated for late Oct. 2018.

Inventors and entrepreneurs can enter the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III at http://www.NASAiTech.com through Aug. 31, 2018.

NASA iTech is an initiative 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:
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech

For information about the 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

 

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