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