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NIA News Release 2017-02: NASA iTech Top 25 Semifinalists Announced

NIA News Release 2017-02: NASA iTech Top 25 Semifinalists Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        May 4, 2017
Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aeroapce, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org
NIA RELEASE: 2017-02

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: Complexity for Mars, Baltimore, MD
  Innovation: Algorithms 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: Eddy, 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.govTimothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

National Institue of Aerospace and Hampton City Schools Partner Through NASA Science Grant

Courtesy: Hampton City Schools Office of Public Relations and Marketing

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National Institute of Aerospace and Hampton City Schools Partner Through NASA Science Grant

Hampton, Va (April 17, 2017) — The National Institute of Aerospace, NIA, was one of 27 organizations nationwide to receive funding through a K-12 cooperative agreement award from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. NASA eClips 4D Multi-Dimensional Strategies to Promote Understanding of Science: Design, Develop, Disseminate, and Discover, will focus on national student misconceptions in science and use student-produced videos to increase understanding of science content to students, lifelong learners, informal audiences and the general public.

NIA engaged several partners for the proposal. Students at Phoebus High School, under the direction of Patti Outlaw, are producing video content, creating an authentic STEM experience for students. NIA has also teamed with Class Flow, the leading lesson delivery platform from Promethean, to develop and disseminate interactive lessons to connected classrooms across the country, and with The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, GLOBE, to provide authentic data and data collection experiences for students.

According to Craig Freeman, educator in residence, four HCS teachers are serving as a pilot group to field-test the new resources. These teachers include Sherri Mair, Sheryl McLaughlin and Kim Riggs-Poole from Jones Magnet Middle School, and Alexis Tharpe from Phenix Pre-K-8 School.

“This is great for the students because in addition to producing videos, the students are learning about science,” Freeman said. “The students now have the experience of working with NASA on a project, and the videos will be shown across the nation.”

“The educational outreach team at NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education is excited to begin developing, evaluating and disseminating new NASA eClips educational products that will augment our existing suite of award-winning NASA eClips videos, educator guides and classroom resources,” said Shelley Spears, Principal Investigator, NASA eClips 4D.

NASA eClips 4D builds on the proven and effective multi-media educational program, NASA eClips, educational videos and educator guides developed and provided by NIA for NASA since 2008.

For more information about NASA eClips, visit: www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips

For more information about Hampton City Schools, visit: www.hampton.k12.va.us

For more information about the National Institute of Aerospace, visit: www.NIAnet.org

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

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