NASA iTech Semifinalists Rethink Terrestrial Technologies for Space
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.
These game-changing ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia and other government organizations, giving participants a unique opportunity to present their solutions to NASA.
“NASA iTech is a one of a kind agency activity,” said Kira Blackwell, the NASA iTech program executive for STMD. “We encourage innovators and startups to consider dual use technologies with terrestrial and space-based applications. We are excited that the winners from our ‘Shark Tank’ style Ignite the Night events in Denver and Houston are part of the top 25 semifinalists, whose applications demonstrate the greatest technical viability, likely impact on space exploration and potential for commercialization.”
In July, NASA iTech issued a call for ideas within five space exploration focus areas: Big Data and Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Robotic Capabilities, Revolutionary Concepts for Communications, Medical Breakthroughs, and X-Factor innovations.