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Modulated X-ray Source Licensed by Massachusetts General Hospital (August 2018)

Illustration of a neutron star. Image credit: Casey Reed - Penn State University

Illustration of a neutron star. Image credit: Casey Reed – Penn State University

Each month the Strategic Partnerships Office will tell the story of a renowned innovator at NASA’s Goddard
Space Flight Center and show how their technological breakthroughs are brought from the labs to our lives.
This month features the Modulated X-Ray Source (MXS), a tool originally designed to use X-rays for deep
space communication and navigation which is being adapted to advance medical X-ray imaging.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to Pilot the Patent Innovation Entrepreneurship Rapid Research (PIERR) Program

Diversity of thought can pay big dividends. A 2015 report by McKinsey & Co. found that companies in the top quartile for diversity are 35 percent more likely to have above median financial returns. When organizations bring new viewpoints to the table, everyone wins.

In order to tap into diverse sources of innovative ideas, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is piloting the Patent Innovation Entrepreneurship Rapid Research (PIERR) program, which allows high school and college students to apply their unique perspectives and find creative uses for patented NASA technologies in areas such as data science and machine learning. The students will receive mentorship guidance from experts and industry leaders, available through a collaboration with a social enterprise organization.

Students from varied academic disciplines will work together to rapidly study a select group of NASA patents. These budding entrepreneurs will work hand-in-hand with NASA’s technology transfer managers and inventors, deepening their understanding of each technology’s potential. At the end of PIERR, students present their findings, having generated entrepreneurial leads and invented new applications for high-tech products. Participating students gain a vast portfolio of skills to amplify their career options, and NASA obtains new ways to bring the technology from the labs to our lives.

PIERR will benefit students and NASA through the creation of currently unimagined start-up industries or commercialization of new products. Equipped with a wealth of newfound knowledge, members of PIERR’s cohort can become the next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs, and NASA gains fresh approaches to exploring technology transfer. The future is here with PIERR.

For more information, please contact:

 

Brooke Purinton

301-289-7509

brooke.purinton@nasa.gov

Dennis Small

301-286-7960

dennis.a.small@nasa.gov

NASA Goddard Strategic Partnerships Office Participates in Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) Spring Conference

On February 20th and 21st representatives from Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) attended the Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) Spring Conference in Morgantown, WV at West Virginia University. The conference was attended by approximately 150 attendees and focused on water security and research sciences. Representatives made contacts with the Maryland Chesapeake Bay Foundation as well as university researchers who showed interest in NASA’s capabilities and resources.  NASA Goddard exhibited along with the Federal Labs Consortium (FLC), and showcased 5 technologies from Goddard’s technology portfolio that offer potential water and water science commercial applications. Goddard’s SPO arranged for Dr. John Bolten, a subject matter expert in water research and sciences from Goddard’s Sciences and Exploration Directorate’s hydrology division, to present on his research using space-based observations for improved global water security and sustainability. Dr. Bolten also participated in an open panel discussion with the attendees. SPO Senior Technology Manager Ted Mecum, was asked to participate in the end of day open discussion panel as a representative of Federal Labs and as a subject matter expert in government partnerships and technology transfer.  Ted spoke on the utilization of government resources through Federal labs, and how to work with NASA.

Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) Senior Technology Manager Ted Mecum (4th from left), participated in an open panel discussion as a representative of Federal Labs and a subject matter expert in government partnerships and technology transfer. Credit: NASA

 

Dellingr CubeSat Technologies Available for Commercial Licensing

Two technologies flying on Dellingr, the one-of-a-kind 6U CubeSat designed and built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are available for licensing.

NASA Goddard's 6U Dellingr CubeSat

NASA Goddard’s 6U Dellingr CubeSat Credits: NASA

“We are always looking for potential partners and licensees for our technologies,” said Goddard Strategic Partnerships Office Senior Technology Manager Enidia Santiago-Arce, “It’s very important to NASA to facilitate licensing of our technologies when possible for the benefit of the broader community.”
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NASA Goddard Announces Agreement with Institute for Local Innovations, Inc.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in Greenbelt, Md. has announced the signing of a five year Space Act Agreement with the Louisiana based Institute for Local Innovations, Inc. (ILI).

Nona Cheeks, (center), Chief of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Technology Transfer Office and Von Nkosi, President of Liquid Studios, (right), pose with the participants of the 2017 Institute for Local Innovations, Inc. (ILI) T.I.M.E. Challenge.

Nona Cheeks, (center), Chief of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Technology Transfer Office and Von Nkosi, President of Liquid Studios, (right), pose with the participants of the 2017 Institute for Local Innovations, Inc. (ILI) T.I.M.E. Challenge. Credit: NASA

Piloted by NASA Goddard, the Agreement will allow ILI to promote NASA technologies and capabilities to small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as the departments of business, engineering, and science, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), in an effort to stimulate economic growth in certain U.S. regions.
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Goddard’s Technology for a Better Earth

In celebration of Earth Day, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center would like to highlight a few patented technologies that have helped and have the potential to help make our Earth a better place.  In today’s world it has become more apparent than ever to minimize our carbon footprint, and to become more efficient.  Goddard’s engineers and scientists develop cutting edge technology with “green” practices in mind.  Some of Goddard developed “green technologies” include a variety of space-application uses, in addition to being used in other non-space applications here on Earth.

Green Precision Cleaning System

This innovation allows the propulsion branch to internally clean flight tubing using water and nitrogen gas, instead of harmful chemicals such as isopropyl alcohol.  This approach actually reduces the use of alcohol based cleaners by as much as 90%, significantly lessening the impact of hazardous waste on our environment. Click on HERE to learn more!

 

Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC)

The Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) was developed at Goddard to address material outgassing.  Outgassing can cause significant degradation of sensitive space instruments, potentially reducing the operational lifetime of an entire mission.  For more down to earth applications MAC is an easily applicable coating that can be beneficial in areas where contaminants and volatiles need to be collected and contained such as pharmaceutical, food industry, and electronics manufacturing.  This particular technology is helping contribute to a better Earth and environment by controlling harmful volatile organic compounds.  Click on HERE to learn more!

 

 

Pi-Day 2017

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center small satellite, named appropriately for the day, Pi-Sat!  The primary goal for the project is to create a low-cost and easy-to-use test bed to facilitate research and development of the next generation Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM).


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OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge Brings Winning Students to NASA Goddard

From June 28 through 30, 2016, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) gave the contest’s winning students the opportunity to explore NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Student winners of OPTIMUS PRIME challenge pose with awards

The student winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, June 28 through 30, 2016, to receive their awards.
Credits: NASA Goddard/Sophia Ryan

Three teams of students from elementary, middle and high school won the contest by creating the most popular ideas to use NASA technology in new and innovative ways. The students used an online platform called Glogster to make posters about their ideas, and the general public voted for their favorites.

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Celebrate Pi Day with NASA Goddard and Pi-Sat

Pi-Sat Pi Day Banner

A Low Cost Small Satellite and Distributed Mission Test Platform

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office (ITPO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites the educators, students and the general public to celebrate Pi Day and discover Pi-Sat. Current technology trends indicate a shift in satellite architectures from large, single-satellite missions to small, distributed spacecraft missions. At the center of this shift is the SmallSat/CubeSat architecture.

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NASA Goddard Signs Exclusive Patent License With Millennium Space Systems

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NASA Goddard Signs Exclusive Patent License With Millennium Space Systems

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office (ITPO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announced the signing of an exclusive production license with Millennium Space Systems of El Segundo, California.

This exclusive license allows Millennium Space Systems to produce and market NASA Goddard’s patented Demisable Integrated Reaction Wheel Assembly (DIRWA) for satellite platforms that can range in mass from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. Made from aluminum, which has a low melting point, the demisable momentum wheels do not require controlled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, thus reducing the costs for satellite end of life mitigation scenarios.

For more information on the DIRWA, please contact the NASA Goddard Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at 301-286-5810 or email techtransfer@gsfc.nasa.gov
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