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  1. 1. NASA Innovation Incubator:Prizes, Partnerships and Creativity PM Challenge 2010 Andrew Petro Innovative Partnerships Program NASA Headquarters Used with Permission
  2. 2. NASA Innovative Partnerships ProgramInnovation Incubator • Centennial Challenges – Prizes • FAST – Access to Reduced Gravity Technology Testing • Innovation Ambassadors and Scouts – Interaction with outside organizations • Innovation Fund – Proof-of-concept projects for revolutionary technologiesUPDATES, PHOTOS AND VIDEO WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF THEPRESENTATION
  4. 4. Value of Prizes• Stimulate innovation in ways unlike contracts or grants – Reward achievement, not effort• Reach new sources of innovation, new talent – Multiple teams and multiple approaches to the same problem• Stimulate new commercial ventures – New startups, new partners, more commercial competition• Achieve returns that outweigh investment – High ratio of private investment to prize value – Almost all funds go to prize purses• Educate, inspire and motivate the public – Train the future workforce – Increase awareness of science & engineering – Inclusion, not exclusion
  5. 5. NASA Prize Authorization• NASA Prizes authorized by Congress in 2005• To be administered by external non-profit organizations (Allied Organizations) through un-funded Space Act Agreements • NASA provides only prize money, no administrative budget • Other sponsors can add to prize money • Allied Organizations can seek sponsors for operating funds • NASA concurs on rules• Prizes up to $50M in 2008• Total of $12M appropriated between 2005 and 2006• Funds do not expire – allows multi-year agreements• Competitors cannot be supported by government funding• Prizes can only go to US citizens, permanent residents or US entities
  6. 6. Centennial Challenge Program• Prize money distributed among seven Challenges managed by five Allied Organizations • Space Act Agreement durations range from 2 to 5 years • Prize purses vary from $750K to $2M• 19 competitions held since 2005, 5 in 2009• $3.65M in prizes awarded to date• Formulating strategy for additional new challenges• Interested in partnerships for prizes with other agencies
  7. 7. Overview of Current ChallengesREGOLITH EXCAVATION Managed by California Space Education & Workforce InstituteRobotic devices to excavate simulated lunar soilCompetitions held in 2007, 2008, 2009 $750,000 awarded in 2009GREEN FLIGHT Managed by Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency FoundationAviation Challenges in 2007 & 2008 awarded $347,000Challenge for super-efficient aircraft in July 2011 with $1.65M prize purseLUNAR LANDER Managed by X Prize FoundationReusable rocket vehicles simulating lunar takeoff and precision landing.Competitions held in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Level One 1st Prize won in 2008.$1,650,000 awarded in 2009POWER BEAMING & STRONG TETHER Managed by Spaceward FoundationWireless power transmission and super-strength materialsCompetitions held in 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009 No Strong Tether award yet$900,000 prize won in 2009 $1.1M available in 2010ASTRONAUT GLOVE Managed by Volanz Aerospace, Inc./Spaceflight AmericaInnovative spacesuit glove designs.Awarded $200,000 prize in 2007 and $350,000 in 2009MOONROX Managed by California Space Education & Workforce InstituteProducing oxygen from simulated lunar material for a $1,000,000 prizeFirst-to-demonstrate, Expired in 2009 with no winner
  8. 8. Centennial Challenge Program• Solicited ideas for new prize challenges from NASA employees and contractors in Summer 2009• Solicited ideas from general public in Fall 2009 – over one hundred proposals received – posted at:• Expect to announce one or more new prizes early in 2010• Program updates, results and links at:
  9. 9. FASTFacilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development & Training
  10. 10. FAST• Helps emerging technologies mature through access to space- environment testing• Uses commercial space services – Initially, zero and reduced-gravity parabolic flight services – Later, suborbital and orbital flights when available • Open to all companies, universities and government labs • NASA pays for flight time, participant pays for their own project preparations • Initial flights occurred in September 2008
  11. 11. FASTFirst FAST Flight Week – August 11-12, 2008 Five SBIR projectsSecond FAST flight week - August 11-14, 2009 19 projects – 2 flights with zero-g, 2 flights with lunar g Seven universities Nine private companies Five NASA LabsIf funded for 2010, plan to solicit proposals for at least two flight weeksSee details and updates at:
  12. 12. 2009 FAST Flight Projects* Sub-cooled Pool Boiling in Variable Gravity University of Maryland, College Park, MD* Free-Fall Regolith Heating Packer Engineering Inc., Naperville, IL* Magnetic Un-jamming and Flow Control of Lunar Soil Kennedy Space Center* Low-Gravity Regolith Sampling Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Denver, CO with University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and Goddard Space Flight Center* Tribocharged Electrostatic Beneficiation of Lunar Simulant Kennedy Space Center with ASRC Aerospace, Kennedy Space Center, FL* Antimicrobial Materials for Microgravity Environments Kennedy Space Center* Electrophoresis on a Fluidized Bed in Variable Gravity West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV* Microgravity Free Vortex Fluid Separator Dynaflow Inc., Jessup, MD* Flowing and Sifting Lunar Soil Simulant Glenn Research Center* High-Accuracy Eye-Movement Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD* Martian/Lunar Dust Mitigation ASRC Aerospace, Kennedy Space Center, FL* A Countermeasure for Motion Sickness: Autogenic Feedback Ames Research Center* Modeling Cardiovascular Dynamics from Echocardiography and Impedance Cardiography Ames Research Center with University of Akron, Akron, OH* Reduced Gravity Cryo-Tracker Operation Sierra Lobo Inc., Milan, OH* Rule-based Analytic Asset Management MIT with Aurora Flight Sciences, Cambridge, MA* Lunar Gravity Testing of an Oxygen Extraction System Johnson Space Center* Flux-Pinned Non-Contacting Joints for Small Spacecraft Reconfiguration Cornell University, Ithaca, NY* Cyclonic Filtering of Pneumatically Conveyed Lunar Regolith Simulant Kennedy Space Center with ASRC Aerospace, Kennedy Space Center, FL* Spiderbot Microgravity Flight Experiment BlueSky Robotics, Los Angeles, CA
  13. 13. Innovation Transfusion Innovation Transfusion – Innovation AmbassadorsExternal Host OrganizationSuccessful company, organization or laboratoryHas demonstrated innovation or other distinctionWorking in field of “interest” to NASA (but non-traditional fields aredesirable)Willing to host a NASA Innovation AmbassadorAmbassadorAbove-average performer in GS-11-15 rangeHas demonstrated innovation and leadership in their workHas the support of their home organization and Center for 3 to 12 monthexternal assignmentHas solid plans for: 1) the external work assignment, 2) re-integrationfollowing assignment and 3) dissemination of the knowledge gained
  14. 14. Innovation Transfusion Innovation Transfusion – Innovation ScoutsInnovation ScoutsExternal Organizations - TargetWorking in a technology area of interest of NASA with potential for infusion and/orfuture partnershipsScout TeamsNASA technologists and project managers with knowledge and interest in thetechnology area, may be joined by partnership development specialist in some casesMulti-center teams are encouragedIPP Office will fund TDY expenses for designated teamAdditional team members can participate if funded by home organization
  15. 15. NASA Innovation Fund-Innovative Technology InitiativeRapidly implemented program for the end of FY09 using expiring funds ($800K) Over 230 proposals received, 20 projects selected for 3-month, approximately $50K efforts Projects listed on following pagesFor 2010 - $2.8M RequestedIf funded, we intend to have an open call for proposals from across NASA
  16. 16. 2009 Innovation FundSmall Payload Quick Return (SPQR) Marcus Murbach ARCHuman Exploration using Real-time Robotic Operations Steven Oleson GRCA Space Weather Service for NASA’s Robotic Missions Michael Hesse GSFCCoanda Rocket Plume Deflectors for Large-Scale Test Facilities Daniel Allgood SSCAxial Curved Element Structural Beam David Paddock LARCRepair Techniques for Composite Structures LaNetra Tate KSCBreaking Barriers in Antenna Size, Weight, Power and Cost Lawrence Freudinger DFRCGraded Ablating (TPS) Materials Development Frank Milos ARCMimicking Gecko Foot Surfaces for Lunar dust Mitigation John Connell LARCConversion Coating Lubrication Systems for Cryogenic Seals James Richard MFSCConcentrated Solar Power Array for Ground and Space Tom Cwik JPLLow Mass Solar Cells for Space Environments Jan Rogers MFSCLightweight, High Power, Deployable Solar Cells Steven Koontz JSCNano-Supercapacitor with Carbon/Boron Nitride Nanotubes Janet B. Hurst GRCHarvesting Vibrational Energy to Power Wireless Instrumentation Scott Jensen SSCInvestigation of Anomalous Heat Observed in Bulk Pd Gustave Fralick GRCMolecular Adsorber Coating Wanda Peters GSFCDust Tolerant Intelligent Electrical Connection System Mark Lewis KSCSilicon-Immersed Waveguide Spectrometer Charles Bradford JPLThermal Microwave Based Emergency Wound Treatment Diane Byerly JSC