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Cortical Bone Mechanics Testing
2.3 million fractures occur every year in the U.S. due to the presence of osteoporosis and bone disease. Current care continues to be plagued with errors in diagnosis, leading to poor care-plans. Being able to identify patients at risk accurately is the crucial first step in preventing fractures. AEIOU Scientific has developed a non-invasive technology for improving the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis. The company is positioned to have the only technology that accurately measures cortical bone stiffness, a key determinant in predicting bone fracture in the $1.03B bone densitometer market.
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Halycon SMART Patch
The Halcyon SMART Patch is an optic nanomatrix device that uses non-ionizing radiation to promote keratinocyte migration to heal wounds. The patch promotes the human body’s ability to function as a low-level black body radiator to promote that migration. The optic non-ionizing effect of the device acts by signaling cell secreting growth factors necessary for cell-to-cell communication during the wound repair process. The patch can stimulate the healing of space tissue loss seen in astronauts on long-duration missions, as well as non-healing wounds of people with diabetes here on Earth.
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Industrial Parks for In-Situ Resource Utilization
MCE Nexus provides integrated solutions for the co-production of materials, chemicals, and energy, emphasizing dual-user technologies for the space economy. Because the processes that produce materials, chemicals, and energy are co-dependent, MCE Nexus has designed a phased, modular progression towards a complete, industrial ecosystem on lunar, planetary, and asteroid systems. The MCE Nexus approach enables astronauts to “live off the land” using local resources during missions on other worlds. This approach includes automated search, identification, and retrieval of resources; AI selection and design of chemical and materials process control; chemical process design and materials fabrication from ores to usable materials, reagents, and fuels; and development of self-sustaining power systems from initial bootstrapping.
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Microgravity Research Systems LLC
Microgravity Bioreactor Technology
Microgravity Research Systems is advancing technology to understand biological and chemical changes that occur in microgravity. Institutions who invest in space travel and research need ways to model microgravity on Earth to discover and predict the effects of very weak gravity on living systems. Microgravity Research Systems provides a dedicated research capability directed at solving biomedical challenges associated with spaceflight. To serve commercial, government, and academic research needs, we are developing modular benchtop-sized simulated microgravity bioreactors. This patent-pending technology is designed for experimentation with miniaturized organ and chemical systems and can adapt to a variety of needs relevant to space research.
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Ohio Drone LLC
Waste Power for Drones is about using landfills as an alternative energy source for powering the loud, expensive, energy-intensive devices we are coming to rely on–drones. Waste plants around the world are known for their openness (landing areas), smell (low population zones), and their energy creation capacities (methane gas). Unfortunately, with running power lines, methane inconsistencies don’t work well for pampered household items that require a range between exactly 110-120 Volts (or they could explode). Drone batteries don’t care! So where to land, recharge, and store the drones of the future? Landfills.
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Regulus Technologies LLC
Autonomous Mining Exploratory System
Regulus Technologies LLC, proposes the development of an Autonomous Mining Exploratory System (AMES) using mass spectrometers and autonomous surface or airborne vehicles to map the location of economically important chemical elements on Earth or the Moon.
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The Ohio State University
Rotating Fuel Core with Fuel Stripe(s): ROFFUS4Space
ROFFUS4Space is a source-driven small modular nuclear reactor design that can operate autonomously in isolated or difficult to reach areas, high cosmic ray environments or extremely low temperatures. The design allows for long-time operation in a subcritical mode. It is safe by design, does not need control rods, simplifies operation, allows for natural cooling, has a “walkaway” safety system, allows the use of different fuel compositions, and significantly diminishes the feedback effects caused by the fuel burnup. The reactor can burn commercially available 3-5% enriched fuel, fertile isotopes such as thorium, and nuclear waste and is compact with a high power-to-mass ratio.
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The University of Toledo
Handheld Plasma Unit for Medical and Disinfection Applications
Cold plasma is a critical technology in many application fields. However, as bulky, expensive, and energy-hungry machines are often required, generating stable plasma is not a trivial task. The University of Toledo’s preliminary results, however, indicate that it is possible to achieve plasma of required density with much lower powers by properly employing microwave resonant structures. Hence, the team proposes to design and fabricate a compact and low-power handheld plasma generator for personal decontamination and wound healing applications. This technology will be especially useful in space where limited energy and alternative options are available. Such sources will produce plasma from readily available low-power power supplies such as solar cells.
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As the entrepreneurial aerospace ecosystem continues to evolve, NASA recognizes that public-private partnerships produce greater impact. SBIR Ignite is a new way for small businesses that have a commercially-viable technology idea to use NASA as a stepping stone in their path towards commercial success. With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners.
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