NASA Tech Needs

Natural Technology for Food Preservation

Technologies are sought that will provide a natural method for extending shelf life, the prevention of food deterioration (oxidation and/or spoilage), and growth of pathogenic micro-organisms along the full chain of fresh or processed food. The solution could be effective at any stage, from feedstock to point of processing, through to consumer use. It could be a new natural preservative (plant extract, food-grade cultures), natural process/additive for enhancing the activity of existing known natural preservatives, or antimicrobial films or coatings. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Gripping Hand or Chuck Technology for Automated Applications

A company is seeking unique technologies for automated hand, chuck, and grip product assembly applications (not CNC machining). Multiple sizes of gripping device are acceptable for different sized parts. The chuck or hand technology should be general purpose in nature, and show versatility in its ability to grip or manipulate parts of various forms and shapes in order to be applicable to a wide range of assembly processes. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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High-End Computing Resources to Pioneer the Future in Space Exploration, Scientific Discovery, and Aeronautics Research

As an agency, NASA invests a significant amount of resources in the development and advancement of highend computing (HEC) resources and associated technologies to support all of its missions. The demand for HEC resources has increased dramatically in the last several years and continues to grow in response to progressively challenging modeling and simulation requirements.

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NASA Technology Prize Competitions – Summer 2008

NASA has a program of technology prizes currently consisting of seven competitions held throughout the year. The program, which began in 2005, is known as Centennial Challenges in recognition of the centennial of powered flight. In keeping with the spirit of the Wright Brothers and other American innovators, the Centennial Challenge prizes are offered to independent competitors who work without government support including small businesses, student groups and garage inventors. The prize competitions are targeted at a range of technical challenges that support NASA’s missions in aeronautics and space. The goal is to encourage novel solutions from non-traditional sources. In the Centennial Challenge program, NASA offers the prize money but each of the competitions is managed by an independent organization, sometimes with additional private sponsorship.

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Method for Manufacturing Controlled Open-Cell Silicone Foam

A company is looking for a method to manufacture controlled, ultra-lightweight, open-cell silicone foam. The foam cells must have very similar size, and the foam must be very elastic with a water absorption coefficient of 300-400%. The company is looking for companies able to design or to license the process for controlling temperature cycle, curing time, and other main process parameters. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Measurement of Oxygen with Sub-PPM

A company is searching for an innovative technology for the measurement of oxygen with sub-ppm resolution. They are seeking a continuous method of measurement or those with cycle times measured in seconds, the ability to measure within a flammable gas such as hydrogen, and a non-consumable device with a long lifetime (greater than 5 years). Oxygen shock should not damage the sensor or require special treatment to recover it. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s Sensor, Detectors, and Instrument Technology Needs

The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) engages the Nation’s science community, sponsors scientific research, and develops and deploys satellites and probes in collaboration with NASA’s partners around the world to answer fundamental questions requiring the view from and into space. The National Research Council is an advisor to SMD and conducts decadal surveys to define science priorities in its discipline areas for the next decade. SMD seeks to understand the origins, evolution, and destiny of the universe and to understand the nature of the phenomena that shape it. SMD also seeks to understand:

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