· Ignite the Night,Presenters

NASA iTech's Ignite the Night CHICAGO Announces Presenters

What: Ignite the Night Chicago, a NASA iTech Event

When: Nov. 14 from 6–9 p.m. CST

Where: TechNexus Venture Collaborative | 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Suite #1200

Ignite the Night CHICAGO offers area entrepreneurs an opportunity to present a technology that is solving a real-world problem and might also address a similar challenge with NASA's Moon to Mars mission.

Ignite the Night CHICAGO focus areas include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, Biotechnology, System Autonomy, Advanced Manufacturing, and X-Factor Innovations.

Innovators presenting (in alphabetic order):

Advanced Ionics – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hydrogen for Industrial Materials Production

Energetically PBC – Short Hills, New Jersey

Energetically Platform

Froberg Aerospace LLC – Champaign, Illinois

Multimode Micro Propulsion

NiveauUp Inc. – Chicago, Illinois

eXtreme Fast Charging (XFC) Batteries

Noland Industries – Chicago, Illinois

ELFRAM Electricity from Artificial Material

Orbital Transports Inc. – Chicago, Illinois

Payload Return for SmallSat Missions

ParaNetics Inc. – San Diego, California

ParaNetic Ion Propulsion Drive

Stofiel Aerospace – St. Louis, Missouri

Positive Structural Molding

Xenesis – Lisle, Illinois

Software Defined Optical Comms

The top Innovator from Ignite the Night CHICAGO earns a position as one of the 25 Semifinalists for the current cycle. As a semifinalist, their technology will be evaluated and has a chance to be selected as one of the Top 10 Finalists to present at the 2020 NASA iTech Cycle I Forum in Kansas City, Missouri.

NASA iTech is an initiative by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorateand is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia.

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Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

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