Take a look at the topics below (submissions now closed)
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:
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:
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.
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