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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 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

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."