Innovators around the world answered NASA iTech’s call for inventive ideas that could benefit space exploration as well as solve challenges on Earth. Of the submissions to the first cycle of the competition in 2020, NASA has selected 25 semifinalists.
Ideas submitted to this NASA iTech Cycle relate to four main technology areas, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, biotechnology, system autonomy, and advanced manufacturing. A fifth area, referred to as
X-factor innovations, includes technologies that might not fit under the other topics but could significantly impact space exploration.
NASA subject-matter experts will further review the 25 semifinalists based on their relevance, likelihood of success, and potential Earth- and space-bound applications to select ten finalists. Finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA leadership, space industry leaders, and potential investors at the 2020 NASA iTech Cycle I Forum, a virtual event, to be held on Oct. 1-2, 2020.
About NASA iTech
NASA iTech is a yearlong effort to find innovative ideas that address challenges and will fill gaps in five critical areas identified by NASA as having a potential impact on future exploration. NASA iTech is an initiative by the Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia.
To learn more about NASA iTech, visit: www.nasaitech.org
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