NASA Challenges and Solutions at the Space Nation Pavilion

NASA Wants to Collaborate with You!

NASA has a record of success working with aerospace and non-aerospace industries, government, and academia to solve technical problems and to transfer technology to the commercial sector. Through these collaborations NASA has been able to accelerate the technology development required for space exploration and in turn the technology has benefited other industries and life on Earth. Building on the success of these partnerships, NASA is looking to explore common interests, develop new relationships and share the knowledge, expertise and capabilities that will meet the mutual needs of the partnership.

In support of this mission, NASA and SpaceCom will sponsor a dedicated pavilion where NASA technical experts will share with the community the key technology challenges that they are facing in support of their goal of MARS exploration. This pavilion is an addition to the opportunity to meet one-on-one with NASA subject matter experts.

NASA Challenges and Solutions at the Space Nation Pavilion – Booth 112:

This theater will start on Tuesday afternoon, November 15, and run continuously through the completion of the SpaceCom 2016 on Thursday, November 17. Seating will be for 25 to 30 on the show floor. During the 12 sessions, attendees will hear about opportunities to work collaboratively on the agency’s technology challenges, technology that can be applied to other industries and some of the unique capabilities available at NASA.

Technology Priority Areas include:

  • Environmental Control Life Support Systems
  • Human Systems Research
  • Space Suit Systems
  • Human Class Entry, Descent and Landing
  • Human Radiation Protection
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Water & Oxygen Extraction form the Moon, asteroids and Mars

Each of these 7 priority areas have many specific challenges – over 200 in total!

Tuesday, November 15

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Mars Robotic Missions: Trailblazing a Path for Humans
Presenter: Doug W. Ming, Ph.D, Chief Scientist, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science

Mars robotic missions have provided a wealth of information on the environmental, physical, chemical, and mineralogical properties at the surface of the red planet. These missions are “blazing a trail” for human exploration by determining potential resources and hazards to reduce the risks of a human mission to the surface.


5:00 – 6:00 pm

NASA’s Human Missions to Mars: An Overview
Presenter: Stephen J. Hoffman, Ph.D

Current White House Space Policy and Congressional Authorization language call for a human mission to Mars in the 2030s. This presentation summarizes the challenges involved and provides context for many of the detailed presentations to follow.


5:30-6:00 pm

L-8: Enabling Human Spaceflight Exploration Systems & Technology Development
Presenter: Montgomery Goforth

An overview of JSC Engineering’s efforts to develop and advance the technologies within Engineering’s technology domain areas needed to send humans to Mars, and to find partners interested in helping us develop them.


6:00 – 6:30 pm

L-8: Entry Descent and Landing at Mars
Presenter: Ron Sostaric

In order to land humans on Mars, we need to land vehicles significantly larger than we’ve ever done before. We are seeking partners to help us develop technologies needed for this effort.


6:30 – 7:00 pm

L-8: RFID Technology and Sensor Interrogators to Develop Low Cost Sensor Suites
Presenter: Ray Wagner

We are seeking partners to help us develop and advance “zero wire” sensors based on RFID technology.


Wednesday, November 16

10:30 – 11:00 am

L-8: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Capabilities
Presenter: Gerald Sanders

Developing and incorporating ISRU into human missions faces many of the same technology, infrastructure, environment, and deployment needs and challenges as the terrestrial mining, chemical processing, construction, and energy industries. We are seeking collaborators that will help us reach it’s full potential, while also providing benefits to terrestrial applications.


11:00 – 11:30 am

L-8: Advanced Concepts for O2 Concentration and Storage
Presenter: John Graf

We believe this technology has significant terrestrial applications, and we are seeking collaborations that will help it reach it’s full potential.


L-8: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Spacecraft Autonomy
Presenter: Julia Badger

We’re creating an architecture to define autonomous capabilities, and we’re interested in partners wishing to advance technology in autonomy and human-system interaction.


12:00 – 12:30 pm

L-8: Advanced Vehicle Mobility – Good for Mars, Great for Earth
Presenter: Lucien Junkin

NASA desires to share its advanced mobility technology (steer by wire, driving algorithms, mechanical architecture, safety, etc.) with industry. We seek to partner with industry to create the next vehicle using advanced mobility that allows NASA to advance the needed technologies for the future space exploration vehicles (SEVs).


12:30 – 1:00 pm

Earbud Technology
Presenter: Andrea Hanson, Ph.D., Manager, Exercise Physiology & Countermeasures Lab

The microgravity environment presents unique challenges to operation of tools we use with ease daily here on Earth. NASA and Cooper Consulting Services teamed up to find an alternative way to collect high quality heart rate data during exercise aboard the ISS through development of an earbud based biosensor.

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Harnessing the Power of the Crowd
Presenter: Steve Rader, Deputy Manager, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI)

This presentation describes NASA’s toolkit for Open Innovation that projects across the agency can and have used to leverage world-wide crowd-based challenges. These methods use large scale curated communities to access innovative ideas and solutions and to connect with unique expertise. These methods are a component of NASA’s strategy to stimulate and use innovation outside of the agency in a way that is beneficial to NASA’s mission and industry.


2:00 – 2:30 pm

L-8: Optimizing Virtual Reality and Tracking Systems for Zero-G Space Environments
Presenter: Eddie Paddock

Looking for technical experts to solve VR system zero-g and real-time tracking (rotation & translation for HMD and avatar body parts) and any related graphics performance issues. We wish to collaborate with commercial VR HMD (Rift or Vive) and tracking system experts.


2:30 – 3:00 pm

L-8: JSC Modeling the Integration of Hardware and Software Systems of Spacecraft Using Tools such as SysML
Presenter: Danny Carrejo

We are looking for a provider of systems analogous to space systems (smart home, manufacturing, self-driving cars, remote systems, Internet of Things) that can partner with us to improve the modeling of complex and intelligent yet otherwise independent systems that require unattended intercommunication.


3:00 – 3:30 pm

L-8: Autonomous Mission Planning
Presenter: Jerry Condon/EG

Along with NASA’s endeavor to send humans beyond low earth orbit in a more permanent way, comes a need to transition from ground-directed mission planning and burn execution to onboard the spacecraft. We are seeking collaborators that can participate in the development of this transition.


3:30 – 4:00 pm

L-8: Docking Systems and Other Attachment/Release Mechanisms and Related Technologies
Presenter: James Lewis

We seek to extend and enhance the current state of the art capabilities through game-changing infusion of ideas, innovation, and or technology. We are looking for partners with analogous or similar attachment release mechanisms/systems used in other remote or hazardous applications; especially in areas where increased autonomy/automation is occuring.


4:00 – 4:30 pm

L-9: NDE Methods for Ultimately Reliable Pyrotechnics
Presenters: John Scott, Todd Hinkel

We seek partners to help develop technologies for detection of chemical contamination in energetic devices through noninvasive means.


4:30 – 5:00 pm

Guiding Innovation through Test and Analysis – The NASA JSC Approach
Presenter: Cheryl Corbin

JSC Receiving Inspection and Test Facility personnel have many years of space industry experience combined with more recent experience in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, and electronics. This broad expertise allows them to help RITF customers to define and implement a test plan to evaluate innovative solutions, validate authenticity of critical components, and define the cause of system failures.


Thursday, November 17

10:30 – 11:00 am

NASA Langley and Space Technology – Collaboration Drives Success
Presenter: David Dress, Associate Director for Space Technology and Advanced Development Programs and Langley Lead for Advanced Manufacturing

NASA Langley’s goal is to innovate, develop, and deliver mission enabling space technologies for science and exploration in this century, just as we did for the aviation industry in the last. This presentation will provide a broad perspective on our center’s focus areas in space technology and the role of collaboration in developing and delivering advancements that benefit both NASA Missions and partner’s goals.


11:00 – 11:30 am

Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory Capabilities
Presenter: Angie Prince, NBL Commercialization Manager

The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is one of the world’s largest indoor pools and can support multiple large scale operations utilizing both underwater and topside assets simultaneously. Discover how this unique facility is used to support both NASA missions and External Customer operations such as system integration tests and tool/hardware development.


11:30 am – 12:00 pm

L-8: Space Environments Test Capability/James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Presenter: Cristina Anchondo

NASA has recently enhanced our largest thermal vacuum chamber for the testing of the James Webb Space Telescope. This chamber now offers a unique facility for testing spacecraft in a deep space environment.


12:00 – 12:30 pm

L-8: Exercise System Applications of Robotics, Sensor, and Human-Machine Technologies to Enhance Individual User Performance and Adaptation
Presenter: Cody Burkhart

We seek to develop a compact, sensor rich, robotics/motor driven system that enhances both muscular and cardiovascular crew needs with additions of sensorimotor development that provides the crew with engineering and physiological feedback. The same technology required for this effort provides immense opportunity for success in rehabilitation clinics and athlete development arenas given the user-centric, individualized nature of the system.


12:30 – 1:00 pm

L-8: Safe Li-Ion Batteries
Presenters: John Scott, Eric Darcy

NASA is seeking partners that can automate the manufacturing of On-demand Internal Short Circuit Devices for triggering thermal runaway for battery verification testing with minimal alterations to the battery design. These devices need to perform more reilably and be made easily available to cell manufacturers and battery designers.


1:00 – 1:30 pm

L-8: Non-Venting Thermal Control Systems for Space Vehicles
Presenters: Fred Smith, Chris Massina

NASA seeks partners to identify candidate technologies capable of providing closed-loop thermal control through multiple ascents and descents of a single vehicle, as well as closed-loop space suit thermal control technologies.


1:30 – 2:00 pm

Advanced Curation of Astromaterials: Supporting Future Sample Return Missions
Presenter: Cindy Evans, Ph.D., Chief, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division

We review NASA’s extraterrestrial sample collections, the curation innovations that have enabled continuing research and discoveries, and the technology challenges for future sample return missions [cleaning technologies, contamination control methods, sample handling of small micron-scale samples, robotic sample handling, collecting and curating cold/cryogenic samples, innovative mission designs for returning samples].


2:00 – 2:30 pm

Operational Field Testing for Human Space Exploration – NASA “Analog” Projects
Presenter: David Coan

This presentation discusses how NASA evaluates operations concepts, hardware, and science in extreme environment field locations in order to enable future missions on the Journey to Mars. These operational field tests encompass a wide variety of objectives for spaceflight, including examining the terrestrial areas of advanced manufacturing, maritime tools and operations, and remote medicine and experiments.


2:30 – 3:00 pm

Medical Imaging Lessons from the International Space Station
Presenter: Ashot E. Sargsyan, M.D., Space Medicine

The ISS Ultrasound system is among the busiest pieces of research equipment on the station. It helps address the remaining gaps of our knowledge in space physiology and medicine, supporting continued optimization of our preventive practices and medical support. The device also serves as a medical surveillance and diagnostic tool. Lessons learned from the use of imaging in space flight have advanced solutions to a number of terrestrial health care challenges, and will facilitate the design of future human missions.