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NIA News Release 2017-01: NASA Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

NIA News Release 2017-01: NASA Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

NIA RELEASE: 2017-01

NASA Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

February 23, 2017

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

Innovation Experts Provide Unique Approaches to Space Solutions at 33rd Space Symposium

Courtesy: SpaceFoundation.org

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2017) – For its Space Symposium panel discussion on innovation, the Space Foundation is bringing together thought leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to offer unique approaches to space solutions.

The 33rd Space Symposium will be held April 3-6 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, attracting space leaders from dozens of countries around the world. Moderator for the “Innovation” panel is Kira Blackwell, Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters.

“Innovation is critical to developing the breakthrough technologies we’ll need to reach our space exploration goals, but we don’t have to tackle these challenges alone. There are many remarkable solutions already being developed in the commercial market by non-aerospace innovators that also may provide solutions to our technical challenges,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters. “The Innovation panel at the Space Symposium brings together a good balance of innovators, industry leaders, investors and government experts to highlight a unique initiative NASA has developed to foster innovation in a non-traditional way.”

The “Innovation” panelists are:

  • Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • Marilyn J. Bruno, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Aequor, Inc.
  • Riccardo Di Blasio, IT Executive and Investor
  • Peter M. Hughes, Chief Technologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jose H. Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners, LLC
  • David Sinclair, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Anup Singh, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, InnaMed

This year’s Space Symposium is on track to be the most dynamic coming-together of international space collaboration, insight and accomplishment in its 33-year history, with participation by thousands of government, military and industry decision makers from spacefaring nations around the world.

Symposium speakers and panels can be found on the expanded agenda, and see all of the tracks, including Tech Track, Cyber 1.7 Classified, Space Classified and the New Generation Space Leader programs, at https://www.spacesymposium.org/. A discount is available on standard industry registration if paid by March 3, 2017.

Sponsorship
Co-sponsors for the 33rd Space Symposium include: AGI; ASRC FederalBall AerospaceBlue OriginBoeingBooz Allen HamiltonColorado Space CoalitionDyneticsEl Pomar Foundation; HarrisInmarsatL3 TechnologiesLockheed MartinNorthrop GrummanRaytheonSecure World FoundationSES Government SolutionsStellar SolutionsSpaceXSpincraftTesat SpacecomUnited Launch Alliance (ULA).

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites — www.SpaceFoundation.org and www.DiscoverSpace.org — and follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestTwitterGoogle+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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Space Foundation contact:
Carol Hively, Director – Public Relations & Team Communications
media@spacefoundation.org

NIA News Release 2016-10: NASA iTech Forum Showcases Innovators’ Top Technology Solutions for Future Space Exploration Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  DECEMBER 8, 2016

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

NIA RELEASE: 2016-10 

NASA iTech Forum Showcases Innovators’ Top Technology Solutions for Future Space Exploration Challenges

December 8, 2016, WASHINGTON–

Innovators from across the U.S. recently traveled to NASA Headquarters in Washington to showcase their proposed solutions to solving future space exploration challenges at the NASA iTech Forum. At the end of the forum, the top three finalists were selected to further refine their innovations in the areas of radiation protection and life support systems in space.

NASA iTech is a collaborative initiative designed to help address gaps in future technologies needed for space exploration. The forum provided the opportunity for industry investors, government agencies and small businesses to collaborate with the innovators and further develop the solutions presented for space and commercial application.

“NASA has robust programs to develop and mature technologies for future space exploration, but we also recognize that remarkable solutions to our technical challenges can come from non-aerospace innovators as well,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington. “The iTech initiative is unique in that NASA doesn’t claim intellectual property rights to the ideas presented and provides an opportunity for industry and investors to evaluate the proposed solutions and collaborate directly with the innovators.”

NASA iTech launched last September with a call for white papers. Last week, judges evaluated entries from across the nation to select the top ten ideas presented during the iTech forum.

On Dec. 8, judges selected the top three innovations based on criteria including technical viability, the likely impact on future space exploration and commercialization potential.

The top three innovators were:

Aequor, Inc.
Oceanside, California
Entry Title: Novel Antibiofilm Molecules
Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems – Increase Oxygen Recovery

InnaMed, Inc.
Anaheim, California
Entry Title: Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing
Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems – Increase Oxygen Recovery

Liberty Biosecurity
Arlington, Virginia
Entry Title: Molecules to Safely Protect Against DNA Damage Caused by Ionizing Radiation in Space.
Challenge Focus Area: Radiation – Protection and Mitigation

These three finalists from Cycle 1 will receive six months of additional mentoring to help them further mature their solutions and benefit from collaboration between researchers and industry experts.

“In my experience as an investor, NASA iTech is the best forum to bring together consultants, investors, entrepreneurs and government to discuss NASA’s future technological needs to manifest large investments in space,” said Jose Ocasio-Christian, CEO of Caelus Partners, LLC, of Seattle. “In a matter of days, NASA iTech was able to align and manifest financial investments that would have taken Caelus Partners months to research and validate through traditional venues.”

The second Cycle of NASA iTech is planned to begin early next year with a call for white papers announcing the focus areas in January 2017.

NASA iTech is an initiative by the Office of the Chief Technologist in cooperation with the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia. The Office of the Chief Technologist provides the strategy and leadership that integrates NASA’s technology development and innovation activities.

For information about NASA iTech, visit:

http://www.NASAiTech.com

For information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/oct 

 

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

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