NOVEMBER 27-28, 2018 • GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER • HOUSTON, TX

SPACE INNOVATIONS | SMART BUSINESS

Show Floor Features

The NASA Center Theater

Visit SpaceCom’s NASA Center Theater on the show floor in Booth #210 for 45 minute interactive presentations from each NASA Center on their market-ready technology, regional economic development efforts, public/private partnerships, and assets available for commercial activities.

NASA CENTER THEATER SCHEDULE

 

ISS Anniversary Construction Celebration

Join us on the show floor Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m. as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the construction of the International Space Station. Sponsored by Engility.

 

The SpaceCom Opening Reception

Join us on the show floor Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. for networking, heavy hor d’oeuvres, and beverages to kick off SpaceCom 2018! See product demonstrations, hear the latest from NASA, and make connections with fellow attendees.

 

SpaceCom Entrepreneur Summit Startup Pavilion

Along with a two-part workshop and a pitch competition, you can visit with innovative startup companies in the pavilion on the show floor to see the latest technology hitting the markets. Read more to participate or show up for the competition and vote on your favorite.

Look Who's Participating

 

NASA Booth #429

Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) and HIAD CutAway

NASA has been working on a lightweight, inflatable spacecraft heat shield entry, descent and landing(EDL) technology known as Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, because of its versatility and scalability for NASA missions.  There are two main components to the technology – the inflatable structure and the thermal protective system.  Scientists and engineers working on EDL technologies create materials and systems for higher temperatures and stress loads that will benefit many areas, particularly the return of commercial assets from space.

 

Modular Robotic Vehicle

The Modular Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, was developed at the Johnson Space Center in order to advance technologies which have applications for future vehicles both in space and on Earth.  The technologies developed in MRV have direct application in future manned vehicles undertaking missions on the surface of the moon, mars, or asteroids.  Innovators at the NASA Johnson Space Center in collaboration with an automotive partner have developed the Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV).  This fully electric vehicle is well-suited for busy urban environments, industrial complexes, or large resort areas.  The MRV combines a number of innovative technologies that are available for licensing as a whole system or individually as components.  The MRV has no mechanical connections to the propulsion, steering, or brake actuators– instead the driver relies on control inputs being converted to electrical signals and transmitted by wire to the motors within the vehicle.  The MRV has a fully redundant, fail-operational architecture that is paramount to the safe operation of a by-wire system.  The MRV is driven by four independent wheel modules, called e-corners.  Each e-corner can be rotated /- 180 degrees about its steering axis.  Imagine being able to parallel park by simply driving sideways into a tight spot with ease.  With the new MRV technology, this dream is now a reality.

 

Centaur

NASA’s future lunar and martian missions will require a suite of advanced robotic systems to complete tasks during precursor visits and to assist humans while present on the surface. The Centaur is a new mobile, dexterous manipulation system designed with this future role in mind. Centaur combines the sophisticated upper body dexterity of NASA’s humanoid, Robonaut, with a rugged and versatile four-wheeled base. This combination allows for robotic use of human tools and interfaces in remote locations by incorporating design improvements to the existing Robonaut that target the challenges of planetary field work: rough terrain, a varied environment (temperature, dust, wind, etc.), and distance from human operators.