DoD Communities Of Interest: R&D Research and Development
Subject : Submit an Idea for a NASA iTech Event
Due Date: October 15, 2021
Government Organization: NASA
Are you an entrepreneur developing a technology that is addressing a real-world problem? Have you thought about how that technology may also be a potential solution for some of NASA’s challenges?
Submit your idea now for the upcoming 2021 Cycle II Forum, a NASA iTech event. Only the top 10 submissions will be selected to give their best pitch. If selected, your technology will be evaluated by NASA’s Center Chief Technologists and subject matter experts, along with other industry leaders and investors.
The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT, October 15, 2021.
NASA iTech is open to U.S. citizens and U.S.-based companies and is subject to all current International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) guidelines. NASA employees are not eligible but are encouraged to participate in existing programs and opportunities within the agency to foster emerging technologies.
The decision has been confirmed by NASA for NC State to host the 2021 NASA iTech Cycle II Forum on December 8-9th, 2021. This event is a great opportunity for companies to showcase promising technologies to NASA Chief Technologists, Subject Matter Experts, Industry Leaders, and Investors.
Please select which Challenge Focus Area your technology addresses: *
Enabling Technologies for Commercialization of Low-Earth Orbit
NASA is committed to continuing the sustained human presence in low-Earth orbit by enabling a commercial market. This area focuses on innovations that could:
Reduce the cost of getting people and cargo to and from low-Earth orbit destinations such as the International Space Station and/or future commercial spacecraft
Enable rapid, reliable, and cost-effective re-entry capabilities for the return of scientific samples and small payloads from such destinations
Provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective space tourism suits for tethered or non-tethered spacewalks.
Hybrid Electric Aircraft Technologies and Alternative Fuels
This focus area seeks innovation in electric aircraft propulsion and/or alternative fuels that can cut emissions in half for aircraft serving regional markets. Of particular interest to NASA are technologies ready to be tested within the next two years on a proposed 25% scale flight test vehicle in the DoD UAS Group 3 category (weighing less than 1320 pounds and operating at medium altitudes with a medium-to-long-range.) Technologies should be able to potentially transition into the large, uncrewed aerial vehicle market or the emerging air taxi and small electric plane markets.
Physics-Based Machine Learning for Artificial Intelligence
This focus area seeks innovations that incorporate physics with deep neural networks (algorithms, modeled loosely after the human brain, that pass input through various layers to recognize patterns) to produce models that can quickly and reliably predict complex system behavior for training, optimizing, and testing autonomous systems. NASA seeks physics-based machine learning solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for large data sets, increase extrapolation accuracy, and improve the interpretability of deep neural networks.
Technologies Using NASA Data to Foster Climate Resilience
This focus area seeks technologies that enable people worldwide to use NASA’s vast and diverse Earth science data sets to peer into different futures. Solutions should leverage the diverse suite of available Earth science data and models to help leaders understand the potential impacts of planning and land-use decisions given a changing climate. Of particular interest are:
Advanced visualization and modeling tools to help users explore and analyze the impacts of hazardous events made more extreme due to our changing climate;
Solutions that apply Earth science data and models to support planning and strategic resource allocation decisions related to the increased threat of fires; and
Solutions that are co-produced with and can support underserved populations
NASA understands that innovation can come from anywhere. If you have something that could dramatically enhance NASA capabilities or missions or stimulate NASA-relevant commercial markets but your innovation does not fit into the other focus areas for this NASA iTech cycle, this is the category for you.
Please upload a five-page white paper outlining how your proposed technology would solve one of the NASA iTech Challenge Focus Areas, both in space and on Earth.
NASA iTech Cycles
2021 Cycle II Focus Areas
Take a look at the topics below and submit an idea by October 15
Website : https://www.nasaitech.org/cycles
Questions or assistance, contact:
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office | PO Box 1748, Fayetteville, NC 2B303