NASA’S OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST HOSTED THE SHOWCASE OF INNOVATION CHALLENGES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON JUNE 2, 2016.

The workshop provided a venue for discussing innovative approaches for future technology advancement and highlighted long-range technology challenges NASA faces that are not currently under development by the agency. As part of the NASA iTech process, ongoing dialog with industry innovators about emerging technologies, occurring well before solutions are needed, helps inform the agency about industry trends.

The presentations below provide a succinct summary of several potential technology areas that new innovative technologies may significantly impact.

DAVID MILLER - FORMER NASA CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST

Former NASA Chief Technologist David Miller provides an overview about the need for innovation to explore and the role of the Office of the Chief Technologist. He also suggests three example challenges that require innovative technology to make new missions possible.


ELLEN STOFAN - NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST

NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan discusses current and future science missions led by NASA, including the exoplanet observing Kepler mission, the International Space Station, the journey to Mars and the role of space-based, Earth-observing satellites.


DOUG ROHN- NASA AERONAUTICS RESEARCH MISSION DIRECTORATE

Doug Rohn, director of the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program within NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, discusses innovations and challenges that the directorate is working on that support NASA’s strategic plan to potentially significantly improve the national transportation system and how it operates.


JASON CRUSAN – NASA HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OPERATIONS MISSION DIRECTORATE

Jason Crusan of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate talks about the challenges for human missions to Mars – including life support systems – and how the agency is tackling the challenges.


MIKE SEABLOM - NASA SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE

Mike Seablom, senior executive for Technology in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, discusses the four divisions of the Science Mission Directorate, the technology programs associated with each division and the potential of measurements by a small satellite called CubeSat. Key technology investment areas for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate are also presented.