• Innovators Found. Meet our Alumni.

    The first 50 finalist companies that participated in NASA iTech Forums have raised more than 410 million in private investment dollars in two and a half years. We're making things happen that propel real businesses, can help future NASA missions, and save taxpayers real dollars because we're not reinventing the wheel.

     

    Meet our amazing alumni who are truly changing the world, across many different verticals.

    Aequor Inc.

    San Diego, CA

     

    Top 3

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Dr. Cynthia Burzell

    Chief Scientific Officer

     

    Aequor Inc., is leveraging non-toxic molecules added to the water system to prevent and remove existing biofilm that develops on the water filtration system on the International Space Station, reducing contamination in life support systems and improving crew health. NASA scientists at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have been working with Aequor to test their molecules and the results have been successful.

    Aesop Technologies

    Hampton, VA

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Nisha Witt

    CEO

     

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    Aesop Technologies is creating a compelling and uniquely scalable solar-powered product, reducing not only energy consumption but the need for excessive space per square foot.

    Airbus DS Space Systems - MAPT Team​

    Webster, TX

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Hans Zachraum

    Senior Project Manager

     

    Airbus DS Space Systems MAPT Team​'s new radiation monitoring technology combines the advantages of currently available dosimeter and spectrometer technologies into one compact device.

    Dan Nevius Analytical Space

    Analytical Space Inc.

    Cambridge, MA

     

    Winner

    2018 Ignite the Night COLORADO SPRINGS

    and

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Dan Nevius

    Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

     

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    Analytical Space Inc., offers an exciting new data relay network solution to dramatically expand the utilization of Earth-observation technology and provide satellites with more opportunities to downlink data.

    Artimus Robotics

    Boulder, CO

     

    Winner

    2018 Ignite the Night

    DENVER

    and

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Timothy Morrissey

    Co-Founder

     

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    Artimus Robotics is building soft robotic actuators for Earth and space applications. Robots and machines utilizing unique materials for electromechanical actuators will improve productivity and enhance quality of life.

    Aris MD

    Wilmington, DE

     

    Winner

    2019 Ignite the Night

    AUSTIN

    and

    Top 3

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Scott Edgar

    Chief Technology Officer

     

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    Aris MD brings data from MRI, CT, Ultrasound–or any other standard medical scans–to life in 3D. This innovation enables easier diagnosis, augmented surgery planning and practice, better patient communication, enhanced remote collaboration and improved surgery/construction.

    AsterTech LLC

    Dayton, OH

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II

    ENERGY

     

    Santanu Bag

    Owner

     

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    AsterTech LLC proposes a highly-efficient, low-cost, and light-weight photovoltaic (PV) technology that is based on the 3D additive manufacturing of hybrid perovskite materials.

    Ateios Inc.

    La Jolla, CA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II

    ENERGY

     

    Carlos Munoz

    Chief Operating Officer

     

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    Ateios Inc., has developed a platform technology based on a nano-composite ink to develop the first printable, stretchable battery that can be printed at a low cost enabling ubiquitous and conformal electronics.

    Atomos Nuclear and Space

    Denver, CO

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II ENERGY

     

    Vanessa Clark

    Co-Founder and CEO

     

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    Atomos Nuclear and Space is developing a fission power system for high-power space applications, pioneering the commercialization of nuclear technologies for space exploration and development through a robust business model.

    Audacy

    Mountain View, CA

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Samuel Avery

    Co-Founder

     

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    Audacy is creating a seamless and on-demand satellite communications architecture, dramatically improving satellite communications infrastructure by deploying a highly multi-user commercial space relay network to efficiently allocate spectrum.

    Baker Street Scientific

    Rome, GA

    Top 10

    2019 NASA iTech Cycle I

    Tim Naddy

    Founder and CEO

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    Baker Street Scientific’s Emergence and Associative Analytics Science and Technology discovers, extracts and presents deep and broad detail and intelligence from complex data for better, faster and more accurate decision making at higher confidence levels. This reveals unbiased, never-before-seen, relevance within data associations, regardless of where or on what station/platform the data was captured.

    BioVirtua

    San Francisco, CA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Hants Williams

    Co-Founder

     

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    BioVirtua sequences human movement, both in-person and remotely, without using wearable sensors in order to unlock quantifiable insights for rehabilitation, human performance and telehealth encounters. Human movement can be non-invasively collected and assessed on earth, or elsewhere.

    Bitome Inc.

    Boston, MA

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Herbert Ryan

    Co-Founder and CEO

     

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    Bitome Inc., makes a non-invasive monitor for body hydration based on clinical MRI, in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare expenditures.

    Cluster Imaging Inc.

    Sunnyvale, CA

     

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I Forum

    Semyon Nisenzon

    President and CEO

     

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    High-resolution depth maps using camera clusters to enable accurate image element isolation and visual space identification for the automotive industry, security and factory automation.

    Context AI

    Santa Clara, CA

     

    Top 3

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Jeff Stevens

    Co-Founder

     

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    Context AI is creating diagnostic digital biomarkers for assisted medical decision making, including a wearable biosensor array that turns the body’s vibrations, sounds and bioelectric impulses into actionable intelligence to identify heart problems at very early stages.

    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Edwin Kan

    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University

     

    Cornell University is building a broadband harmonic MIMO radar with opportunistic channel fading, angle-of-arrival (AoA) estimation and naïve beamforming [6, 7] on a free-moving vest to perform RF body imaging with below millimeter and 0.1s resolution.

    CREAL3D

    Saint-Sulice, SWITZERLAND

     

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Tomas Kubes

    Cofounder and Business Development Manager

     

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    CREAL3D presented future display technology for virtual and mixed reality headsets and smart glasses. CREAL3D’s near-eye light-field projector creates hologram-like images with true optical depth eliminating eyestrain and nausea often caused by current devices, enhancing immersion, extending comfortable usage time and allowing for conflict-less mixing of virtual and real worlds.

    Danish Aerospace Company

    North America

    Houston, TX

     

    Winner

    2018 Ignite the Night HOUSTON

    and

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    David Zuniga

    General Manager

     

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    Danish Aerospace Company - North America has created water purification technology that removes biological and chemical activity using a passive membrane.

    Devali Inc.

    Cedar Park, TX

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Irene Brinker

    Co-Founder and CEO

     

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    Devali Inc., has created Oumen+: Advanced Biometric analysis socks with user interfaces to track, monitor and study various body measurements.

    Enduralock LLC

    Lenexa, KS

     

    Top 3

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Harold Hess

    CEO

     

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    Patented fastening solutions that are highly vibration resistant, yet reversible and reusable. Enduralock fasteners reduce time and cost of maintenance and labor due to their reversibility and reusability. Fasteners are entirely metal, making them ideal for high vibration, high heat applications.

    Environment and Energy Benefit Co.

    West Sacramento, CA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    James Smoot

    Founder

     

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    Environment and Energy Benefit Co., is a developing a novel class of fuels generally described as alkyl alkoxyalkanoates.

    Exostretch

    Houston, TX

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Haleh Ardebili

    Founder and

    Associate Professor at University of Houston

     

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    Exostretch has invented completely flexible and stretchable lithium ion batteries based on solid polymer electrolytes, creating a world of possibility for the usage of batteries.

    FGC Plasma Solutions

    Boston, MA

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Felipe Gomez del Campo

    Founder and CEO

     

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    FGC Plasma Solutions is developing a plasma-based control system which enables a clean, compact, low emissions combustor for future jet engines. The technical progress made on this work through a Phase I SBIR contract has led to collaboration with a major engine manufacturer for their Phase II SBIR proposal.

    Fiplate Inc.

    Las Vegas, NV

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Dr. Richard Yen

    CEO

     

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    Fiplate Inc., is developing a technology to drive tissue regeneration after radiological and acute trauma in space, a countermeasure for radiation damage in space.

    GermFalcon

    Los Angeles, CA

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg

    Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

     

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    GermFalcon has created a germicidal UVC-emitting robot, offering a turnkey solution for infection prevention and emergency preparedness in air travel and for other industries.

    GoRout

    Rochester, MN

     

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Michael Rolih

    CEO

     

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    Revolutionary wearable display and network system including an in-helmet, heads-up-display system that presents football teams interactive, augmented play diagrams for faster execution in practice environments.

    H2 Energy Now

    Boalsburg, PA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

     

    Sonya Davidson

    Founder and CEO

     

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    H2 Energy Now is developing technology that utilizes electromagnetism to separate the water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Hydrogen is a perfect energy storage medium and when recombined in a fuel cell, electricity and water are the outputs. Water is a perfect solution for energy storage in space using solar energy.

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies​

    Los Angeles, CA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Dirk Ahlborn

    Co-Founder and CEO

     

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    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has developed an augmented window technology to mimic traditional travel experiences, while mitigating psychological issues that passengers may have with enclosed transportation systems, and layering their visual experience with information and entertainment.

    iFeather

    Boulder, CO

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Ivan Smalyukh

    Professor of Physics at University of Colorado Boulder

     

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    iFeather invented a transparent insulating film to significantly improve energy efficiency. The film can be manufactured in-situ, allowing NASA or others to bring a miniature "factory" aboard a space flight and make as much area of the aerogel as needed.

    iFirst Medical Technologies

    Honolulu, HI

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Luke Joseph

    Founder and CEO

     

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    The iFirst in vitro diagnostics platform helps save lives by pushing critical patient information from the field to the treating facility, reducing treatment times, and facilitating precision medicine.

    InnaMed Inc.

    Anaheim, CA

     

    Top 3

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Ronald AngSiy

    Co-Founder and Senior Advisor

     

    InnaMed Inc.'s "Sensing Blood" testing device can run a complete blood count, is fully portable and is capable of performing diagnostic functions with six droplets of blood and 93 percent accuracy, transmitting data in approximately five minutes.

    Lazarus 3D

    Houston, TX

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Dr. Jacques Zaneveld

    Founder and President

     

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    Currently saving lives here on Earth with their 3D printed materials for doctors, Lazarus 3D is well positioned to provide training and models for space medicine.

    Liberty Biosecurity LLC

    Arlington, VA

     

    Top 3

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Gregory Keeley

    Chief Operating Officer

     

    Liberty Biosecurity LLC is developing TMSMs — molecules to safely protect against DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation in space.

    LOOMIA Technologies Inc.

    New York, NY

     

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Ezgi Ucar

    Chief Technology Officer

     

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    LOOMIA’s Soft Circuit Systems can be used across industries. Their Electronic Layer can add functionalities to expandable spacecraft structures and Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) while maintaining a lightweight and flexible form factor. It can be designed to heat, light, sense, act as data and power busses, or as control surfaces.

    Million Concepts

    Lemont, PA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Chase Million

    Founder and CEO

     

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    Million Concepts is continuing development of the Arisian Lens, a hardware technology that can quickly turn many existing digital cameras into very high magnification microscopes with significantly less bulk, complexity, and expense than existing compound microscope solutions.

    Momentus Inc.

    Santa Clara, CA

     

    Top 3

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Negar Feher

    Vice President of Product and Business Development

     

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    In-space transportation services for satellites between various orbits out to deep space. Water-powered, in-space rockets provide last mile logistics, taking satellites from the orbits they were launched into to the orbits in which they will operate. At the core of their innovation strategy are microwave electrothermal thrusters (METs) that use water as propellant are fast, efficient, affordable and safe–and are available now to power orbit transfer vehicles.

    Naval Postgraduate School

    Monterey, CA

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Giovanni Minelli

    Faculty Research Associate

     

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    The Naval Postgraduate School is automating and optimizing the mission operations component for small satellite constellations that number in the hundreds or thousands.

    New Dominion Enterprises Inc.

    San Antonio, TX

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Jay Fraser

    President and CEO

     

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    New Dominion Enterprises Inc., is developing inorganic electrolytes for longer lasting and safer lithium-ion batteries that resist heat-related power loss.

    New Frontier Aerospace

    Livermore, CA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Bill Bruner

    CEO

     

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    New Frontier Space is developing affordable, powered recovery for small launch vehicles, and more speed for drone customers. By enabling rockets to land like drones, they can reduce launch costs.

    Oceanit Laboratories Inc.

    Honolulu, HI

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Dr. Jeffrey Watumull

    Director of Artificial Intelligence

     

    Oceanit Laboratories Inc., is working to construct and codify the Noetic Mathematical Engine (NoME) to function as a virtual medical staff (Autonomous System).

    Oceanit Laboratories Inc.

    Honolulu, HI

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Dr. Venkat Kamavaram

    Senior Materials Engineer

     

    Oceanit Laboratories Inc., is developing a novel Al-Teflon-GAP nanoenergetic propellant chemical propulsion system.

    Omniboros​

    Washington, DC

     

    Top 3

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Dr. Peter Kim

    Founder

     

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    Omniboros​ (now ACTIV Surgical) is creating an advanced platform for surgeon-supervised intelligent autonomous robotic surgery, which reduces human error and eliminates complications during minimally invasive procedures.

    One Milo Inc.

    Miami, FL

     

    Winner

    2018 Ignite the Night COLORADO SPRINGS

    and

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Russell Leigh

    Professor of Physics at

    University of Colorado Boulder

     

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    One Milo Inc., offers revolutionary compact devices that enable rapid diagnostic testing — using samples of blood, urine or saliva — and wirelessly sending results to a smartphone application.

    Oxford Space Systems

    Harwell, UNITED KINGDOM

     

    Winner

    2019 Ignite the Night COLORADO SPRINGS

    and

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Mike Lawton

    CEO

     

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    Novel deployable membrane surface designed to give rise to a new generation of lightweight deployable antennas for the space environment. The proprietary material, combined with origami engineering techniques, produces a pre-shaped, high stowage efficiency parabolic ‘dish’ antenna. The material is self-supporting meaning that the complexity and mass of typical rib backing structures can be reduced to improve mass, cost, and stowed footprint.

    PacSci EMC

    Chandler, AZ

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Steven Nelson

    Vice President of Business Development

    Retired

     

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    In order to overcome the disadvantages and problems of currently available systems, PacSci EMC is creating a new and novel solid state propulsion and ACS system.

    Pennsylvania State University

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering​

    State College, PA

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Christian Ruud

    Graduate Research Assistant

     

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    The Pennsylvania State University is focusing on lightweight monolithic microcell concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) that can increase efficiency and reduce the cost of solar power systems in space.

    Pennsylvania State University

    SLIPS Lab Team

    State College, PA

     

    Top 10

    2016 Cycle I

     

    Pak Kin Wong

    Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Surgery

     

    A zero-power, biochemical analysis platform for health monitoring, this Pennsylvania State University project will develop a versatile biochemical analysis platform, SLIPS-LAB, which is reusable, reconfigurable and ultra-sensitive, using zero-power consumption.

    QuantumStack

    Suffolk, VA

     

    Top 10

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Frank Byrum

    Co-Founder

     

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    QuantumStack is building and operating a decentralized global computer exchange on the scale of the Bitcoin network, suitable to provide efficient petaflop or greater resources.

    Rice Technology LLC

    Milwaukee, WI

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle I

     

    David Rice

    President

     

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    Rice Technology LLC is creating a smart, real-time, multipurpose sensor with the capability to detect phosphorus, bacteria, viruses, and total dissolved and suspended solids in real-time. It can behave as a “canary in the coal mine,” enabling rapid response to process failure in water treatment systems.

    Somatic Labs

    Denver, CO

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle I

     

    Shantanu Bala

    Co-Founder and CEO

     

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    Somatic Labs is creating tactile interfaces for augmented reality to enhance communication — a haptic platform that delivers information to you through rich tactile patterns to make information more accessible and intuitive.

    Spectrabotics

    Colorado Springs, CO

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle III

     

    Tim Haynie

    Founder

     

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    Going beyond computer vision of the light we see, Spectrabotics offers artificial intelligence analysis of multispectral imagery for material detection and environmental assessments.

    Stanford University

    Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    Stanford, CA

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Grayson Zulauf

    Ph.D. Candidate

     

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    This Stanford University team is developing technology for wireless charging of electric vehicles on Earth, and eventually, Mars.

    University of Houston

    Houston, TX

     

    Top 3

    2017 Cycle II

     

    Hadi Ghasemi

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

     

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    The University of Houston is working to build biologically-inspired adaptive anti-icing surfaces. These adaptive surfaces perform normally at ambient temperatures but become an anti-icing surface when exposed to extreme cold.

    University of Michigan and Unified Solar Corporation Collaboration

    Ann Arbor, MI

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Al-Thaddeus Avestruz

    Assistant Prof. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

     

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    The University of Michigan Unified Solar Corporation Collaboration is developing photovoltaic cell-level power balancing using intrinsic energy storage for high-efficiency, high-reliability solar power.

    V-Glass

    Milwaukee, WI

     

    Top 10

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Peter Petit

    Founder

     

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    V-Glass is developing affordable vacuum insulating glass, a flat and transparent thermos bottle for windows. It uses a flexible aluminum seal cold-welded directly to glass for an elegant, minimalist design, just ¼ inch thick.

    WBGlobalSemi Inc.

    Silicon Valley, CA

     

    Top 3

    2018 Cycle II - ENERGY

     

    Bo Varga

    CEO and Vice President of Marketing

     

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    WBGlobalSemi Inc., is developing a new class of high power, wide band gap silicon carbide bi‐polar junction transistors (BJTs) and power modules for use in high power industrial applications such as aerospace, main grid, micro-grid, traction and the military.

    WISER Systems Inc.

    Raleigh, NC

     

    Top 10

    2019 Cycle I

     

    Elliot Haag

    Director of Sales

     

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    Instantaneous location and tracking in a variety of environments to include where current and legacy technologies fail to perform. Applications include 3D geofencing for in-space operations; unmanned positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for planet-side operations in GPS-occluded environments; autonomous inventory and roll call; and perimeter breach detection for secure locations or assets.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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