NASA iTech Winners Impress with Tech Ideas for Use in Space, on Earth

Three companies at the NASA iTech 2019 Cycle I forum were recognized by program executive Kira Blackwell during a ceremony in Mountain View, California, on July 12. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Water-fueled satellites, 3D medical scans and vibration resistant metal fasteners impressed judges at the NASA iTech competition this week in Mountain View, California. NASA iTech is an initiative to find and foster innovative solutions to challenges faced on Earth and in space.

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NASA iTech Finalists Announced, 10 Companies to Present at Competition Forum

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA iTech challenges entrepreneurs to think outside the box and consider applications for their innovations in space. A range of technology ideas, from new mixed reality headsets to deployable antennas, could support future exploration missions to the Moon and Mars.

NASA has selected 10 competition finalists to present their ideas July 10-11 at the iTech forum in Sunnyvale, California. Chief technologists from various NASA centers, other federal agencies and industry will listen to the presentations and meet with participants. NASA judges will then choose three winners of the 2019 NASA iTech Cycle I competition.

“NASA iTech provides the opportunity for companies to engage with NASA center chief technologists, investors, and industry leaders so they can continue to make an impact on Earth and in space,” said Kira Blackwell the NASA iTech program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “These interactions between NASA, industry and entrepreneurs are valuable for the entire community.”

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Top 10 iTech Finalists Announced, Will Present to NASA Chief Technologists


WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Innovators don’t always have space on their mind, but NASA iTech can help. The competition challenges entrepreneurs to consider how their biomedical, software and other technology ideas could be adapted and used for future space exploration missions.

NASA has selected 10 competition finalists to present their ideas at the iTech forum in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 25-26, 2018. Chief technologists from various NASA centers, other federal agencies and industry will listen to presentations and meet with participants. NASA judges will ultimately determine three winners of the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III competition.

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NASA iTech Semifinalists Rethink Terrestrial Technologies for Space


WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and 3D printing are just a few of the technology threads pitched during the third cycle of the NASA iTech competition. With an eye on how these promising ideas could benefit space exploration, NASA has selected 25 competition semifinalists.

An initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), iTech aims to find innovative ideas that have the potential to overcome critical technology hurdles facing future exploration of the Moon and Mars, even though many were originally meant to solve important problems here on Earth.

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NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Innovation Competition


WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — 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.

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NASA Seeks Innovative Space Exploration Technology Ideas

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — 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 may 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, part 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.

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