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

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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