NASA Names Top Three Teams in Technology Competition

NASA has announced the top three teams to perform in cycle one of the agency’s competition on innovative technologies.

The selection follows the iTech 2018 competition’s recent phase wherein ten finalist groups developed technology projects seeking to improve space exploration and terrestrial life, the agency said Friday.

NASA chief technologists, potential investors and leaders from the space industry served as judges for entries presented in the competition that consisted of various technology challenges.

Illinois-based FGC Plasma Solutions won at the competition’s X-Factor Innovation area with a project on plasma-assisted fuel injectors designed to reduce fuel consumption.

Los Angeles-based Germfalcon reached the top three through its win in iTech’s medical breakthrough area, having entered a robot designed to emit germicidal ultraviolet light for eradicating disease-causing bacteria in airplanes.

Lastly, Phoenix-based Somatic Labs entered a technology that animates humans’ sense of touch to enable space communication that does not require auditory and visual senses, winning the competition’s augmented reality area.

The top three teams received trophies during an awarding ceremony conducted Wednesday.

The Virginia-based National Institute of Aerospace managed the competition for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

You may also be interested in...

John Coykendall Deloitte

Deloitte Selects John Coykendall to Lead Aerospace & Defense Sector; Paul Wellener Quoted

Deloitte has appointed John Coykendall, a principal at its consulting business, to lead the company’s U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) sector within the U.S. industrial products and construction practice. Coykendall will also lead Deloitte's global aerospace and defense sector, succeeding Robin Lineberger, who will retire in May. 

Axonius

Axonius Secures $100M Private Funding for Portfolio Development, Market Expansion Efforts

Asset management platform maker Axonius has secured $100 million in private funding to support the company’s efforts to update its cybersecurity portfolio, Reuters reported Monday.

Lockheed GPS IIIF

Eric Brown: Lockheed Plans On-Orbit GPS Satellite Servicing Feature

Eric Brown, senior director of military space mission strategy at Lockheed Martin, said the company is updating its satellite bus for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III follow-on satellite platform to facilitate hardware updates in orbit, SpaceNews reported Friday.