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? Don’t miss this opportunity to pitch your technology in your own community at Ignite the Night, a NASA iTech event near you.
Submit your idea now to be considered for selection as one of the 10 presenters that will be giving their best pitch at the upcoming Ignite the Night. The top presenter selected will earn a position as one of the top 25 Semifinalists for the current NASA iTech Cycle, ensuring your technology will be evaluated by NASA’s Center Chief Technologists and increasing your chances of being selected as one of the Top 10 Finalists to present at the 2019 Cycle I Forum.
DISCLAIMER: No travel support will be provided to attend the event.
There are many challenges for future space exploration and having robots with artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities will be essential for future success when operating in an unfamiliar environment, with few examples to have learned from, and tech support literally millions of miles away. Some of these needs for exploration include (but are not limited to) extraction of materials, hauling, autonomous construction and assembly, or robots that can operate from fault to recovery autonomously due to distances from Earth, or robots with the ability to make decisions like a scientist even when they are in an unknown world. All of these use cases and more, will require advancements in artificial intelligence and autonomy that have yet to be developed for robots. But if this is something you are working on we would love to hear from you.
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomy, IoT, Data Mining, Machine Learning, are buzzwords that are synonymous with the ever-increasing ability for machines make smarter decisions without the need for human interaction. With the unprecedented challenges of future space exploration, the need to equip machines to make smarter decisions when there aren’t millions of examples to learn from – and tech support is literally millions of miles away, advancements in Intelligent Machines is essential. If your company has technology that makes machines, faster, smarter, lighter, more fault tolerant, or better at decision making without human intervention, we want you to apply!
Force and tactile sensing provides feedback to help spacecraft and other robotic platforms interact more effectively with each other and with their environment. These types of sensors are increasingly common for terrestrial robotics applications, and space-qualified versions will have significant value for NASA’s missions. These sensors will help to improve general object grabbing tasks in space. The ability to reduce the size and cost of these sensors will help to increase their availability and possible applications.
Deep space exploration creates challenges that augmented reality tools may be able to address. Examples include assisting with medical procedures; addressing psychological issues when time is limited and distance from physicians and families is great; and/or providing computer-generated physical training capabilities. Solutions should help minimize risk for future missions.
Various types of flexible materials are being explored to provide benefits and improved capabilities for missions. Flexible materials can help with storage and deployment of systems and may offer advantages over ridged metal or composite structures. Structural textiles and lightweight flexible materials must provide reliability and integrity for long-duration missions.
You have something–you know you do–something so cool something so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!” If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit in another Cycle category, this one is for you!
ATTENTION: by submitting this application to Ignite the Night, your idea will automatically be entered for consideration in the current NASA iTech Cycle.