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NASA iTech Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Innovation Competition

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NASA iTech has selected 25 of the most promising ideas submitted by innovators across the U.S. as semifinalists in Cycle III.

NASA 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.

“It’s always exciting to see the ideas that the top 25 semifinalists submit for each Cycle. The creativity and potential these entrepreneurs propose, to address some of space exploration’s toughest technical objectives are always very impressive,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “These entries also reflect groundbreaking approaches that could solve important problems here on Earth within our focus areas.”

In September, NASA iTech issued a call for solutions within focus areas including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Advancement, Autonomy, High Performance Computing and Medical Breakthrough. The popular NASA iTech Cycle II category, X-Factor Innovations, also returned in Cycle III to allow for trailblazing ideas or technologies that may not align precisely with another specific focus area, but could still make a significant impact on future exploration efforts.

A panel of subject matter experts representing NASA will now review the top 25 Cycle III semifinalist entries based on their relevance, likelihood of success, and potential positive impact on space exploration and life on Earth.

The top ten finalists for NASA iTech Cycle III will be announced on December 18. These finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA’s chief technologists, space industry leaders and potential investors at the NASA iTech Cycle III Forum to be held at Canon USA in Melville, New York, on January 31 and February 1, 2018.

The top 25 NASA iTech Cycle II semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):

AdvancingX - Rocklin, California

Innovation: Organizational Team Index & Motion Analysis Key Indicators

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

BI Tech - Business Integra Technology Solutions - Houston, Texas

Innovation: SG200 Space Computer

Challenge Area: High Performance Computing

BioVirtua - San Francisco, California

Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

BluHaptics - Seattle, Washington

Innovation: Augmented Telerobotics: Key Enabler to Commercialization of Space

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Bubble Base - Pasadena, California

Innovation: 3D Printed Bubble Base for Space

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

FGC Plasma Solutions - Argonne, Illinois

Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Georgia Tech & Aurora Flight Sciences - Atlanta, Georgia

Innovation: Autonomous Parabolic Laboratory

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Germfalcon - Los Angeles, California

Innovation: Germfalcon - Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

Green Fortress Engineering (GFE) - Greensburg, Indiana

Innovation: Orthogonal Loops in a Circular Cislunar Economy

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

H2 Energy Now - Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies - Los Angeles, California

Innovation: Augmented Voyage

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

iFirst Medical Technologies - Honolulu, Hawaii

Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

InnoStudio - SpeedyNano Team - San Diego, California

Innovation: Nanoization to Develop Hydroponic Cultures

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

International Game Technology (IGT) - San Ramon, California

Innovation: NASA Interactive Portal (NIP)

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

LOOK - Lafayette, Indiana

Innovation: Junior Tube & LOOK Combined: Visual Resources to Overcome Challenges

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

Million Concepts - Lemont, Pennsylvania

Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

New Frontier Aerospace - Livermore, California

Innovation: Affordable, Powered Recovery for Small Launch Vehicles

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

OncoTab – Charlotte, North Carolina

Innovation: A Monitoring Strategy for the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer in High-Risk Individuals

Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

PHR Plus - Phoenix, Arizona

Innovation: Connected Health Tools

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

QT Team - Houston, Texas

Innovation: Utilizing Quadrant Theory for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Rice Technology - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor - Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Senstone - San Francisco, California

Innovation: Senstone: 21st-century Diary Suited for Spacecraft

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Somatic Labs - Phoenix, Arizona

Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication

Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

SpaceFlow - San Diego, California

Innovation: Pump-free Flow Reactor

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

University of Arkansas - CPMC Team - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Innovation: Cyber-physical Manufacturing Cloud for Space Manufacturing

Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

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