I2R selected by NOAA Phase I SBIR

EIGS member, Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R), Inc., has been selected by NOAA to perform research and development supporting NOAA’s need for an Accurate Nightlight for Satellite Calibration for Weather and Climate Applications. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards are up to $95,000 and up to a six month period of performance. The purpose of NOAA’s Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed research and the quality of performance of the small business concern receiving an award.

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Proteus Technologies, LLC wins SBIR Phase I Contract

EIGS member, Proteus Technologies LLC was notified by 
NOAA on May 14, 2015 that they had been selected for negotiation of SBIR Phase 1 contracts. 
Proteus Technologies, LLC located in Slidell, LA with offices in the
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) business incubator at the NASA Stennis Space Center has been selected by NOAA to perform research and development for a Stable, Towed, Volumetric Hydrophone Array.


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Geocent wins NASA Phase I SBIR

Geocent, an EIGS small business member headquartered in Metairie, LA, with offices at the NASA Stennis Space Center, was notified April 30th, 2015 of its being awarded a 
NASA Phase 1 SBIR contract for research and development of a Cloud-Based Open Data Environment and Flow-based Aggregation Science Tool (CODEFAST). Phase I feasibility studies evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. NASA Phase I awards are for six months and a maximum of $125,000.


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NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new technologies that will further NASA's journey to Mars.
The proposals are solicited, vetted and managed through NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Proposals that lead to the successful development of ideas and products could result in contracts with a combined approximate value of $47.7 million.
"The selected proposals demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity of America's small businesses," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Enabling NASA's future missions, including human exploration of Mars, requires broad participation, and the SBIR/STTR Programs ensure the agency is benefiting from the passionate and determined minds of the private sector."
NASA is funding proposals that will enable space transportation for human and robotic missions, new ways to protect astronauts in space, and innovative ways to keep spacecraft systems operational — technologies that may, one day, find their way into the vehicles and systems used to explore the solar system.
Selected proposals also include technologies that could enable landing on, traversing across and sampling asteroids, Mars or other distant destinations, searching the sky for planets outside our solar system, and studying the universe back to the beginning of time.
For example, NASA hopes to develop a cognitive space communications network with the ability to adapt to environmental changes and network growth, thereby increasing system reliability. The communications systems would autonomously sense environmental conditions, rapidly analyze the data and configure the controls to adapt to those conditions. Addressing this concept, one selected proposal seeks to demonstrate a software-defined cognitive radio that would play a critical role in the operation of this network. The radio’s software autonomously senses local and system conditions, rapidly analyses those conditions and responds accordingly. 
NASA's SBIR and STTR programs fund technologies used here on Earth, as well. Some proposals target technologies crucial to the development of next generation aircraft that are quieter and more efficient, air traffic management systems that are more capable, and improved Earth-observing spacecraft to study the planet and provide invaluable information about the impacts of climate change.
This includes technologies to advance water recovery systems. Currently, water recovery systems aboard the International Space Station are able to recover about 85 percent of water from astronauts' urine, while the other 15 percent is left in what is referred to as brine. As water is removed from brine, the solids within the brine must be captured and filtered out. The leftover brine requires space and weight on resupply missions that could otherwise go to science and research. One selected proposal examines methods for the disposal of brine, which could have benefits in areas of the world where clean water is scarcer.
A dozen selected proposals involve technology being administered by the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, each worth up to $125,000 in the Phase 1 period. The SBIR Phase I projects affiliated with Stennis are:

The STTR Phase I projects affiliated with Stennis are:

The highly competitive programs have three award phases. Phase I feasibility studies evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Phase I awards are for six months and a maximum of $125,000. Firms that successfully complete this phase are eligible to submit a proposal for Phase II proposal, during which selectees will expand on the results of the developments in Phase I. Phase III awards examine the commercialization of Phase II results and requires the use of private sector, non-SBIR, funding.
The three solicitations garnered proposals from 37 states. For the general SBIR Phase I solicitation, NASA chose 324 proposals with a total value of approximately $40.5 million. For the SBIR Phase I select solicitation, NASA chose seven proposals with a total value of approximately $875,000. NASA chose 50 proposals with a total value of approximately $6.3 million for STTR Phase I projects.
Selection criteria included technical merit and feasibility, along with experience, qualifications and facilities. Additional criteria included effectiveness of the work plan and commercial potential and feasibility.
NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California manages the SBIR program for STMD. NASA's 10 centers manage individual projects. For more information about NASA's SBIR program and a complete listing of selected companies, visit:


These innovative technology programs are part of STMD, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. NASA's investments in technology provide the transformative capabilities to enable new missions, stimulate the economy, contribute to the nation's global competitiveness and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers. For more information about NASA's investment in space technology, visit:



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Stennis to Celebrate Old Timers’ Day May 15

NASA Stennis Space Center will celebrate its annual Old Timers’ Day on Friday, May 15, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Cypress House pavilion.
Former and current Stennis employees, regardless of their organizational affiliations or length of service, are invited to attend. Each retiree and one guest are invited to attend the reunion at no charge. Cost for current employees is $5 per person.
Attendees may gain access to the site by arriving at one of the SSC Security clearance gates any time after 3 p.m. A valid driver’s license is needed to gain access, unless a guest is from Louisiana.
Louisiana guests are required to have an alternate form of ID. A Louisiana state ID will not be accepted as a form of identification because Louisiana is noncompliant with the REAL ID ACT. For information regarding the REAL ID ACT, visit:
Louisiana guests will need one form of ID from the following list:

  • Federal employee badge
  • Passport
  • Military ID card
  • Enhanced driver’s license
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Native American tribal document

Old Timers' Day is sponsored by the SSC Recreational Association.
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SBA Names InnovateHER Business Challenge Finalists

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the finalists in the InnovateHER Business Challenge, a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs to develop products and services to enhance the lives of women and their families.

"The incredibly innovative entries we received from all across the country are a testament to the genius of America's entrepreneurs," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. "We received so many thoughtful business ideas it was difficult to narrow them down to just fifteen finalists. There's no shortage of entrepreneurs with insightful, practical solutions, and all of us at the SBA are focused on ensuring that they get the capital and services they need to start and grow the next generation of great American companies."

An executive committee of SBA officials reviewed the nearly 75 semi-finalist nominations and selected 15 finalists whose products and services best met the competition criteria and presented the greatest potential for success.  The SBA congratulates the following finalists, who will compete for the top three awards and a total of $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft:

  • Heather Badal, LoEapps Drive Control, Albuquerque, NM
  • Sophia Berman, Trusst Lingerie, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
  • Lisa Crites, The Shower Shirt Company, Cocoa Beach, Fla.       
  • Wendy Davis, GestVision, Inc., Guilford, Conn.
  • Helen Denise, Hilin Life Products, Inc., Newark, N.J. 
  • Joseph Dorsey, Backseat Baby Alarm2, Fort Mitchell, Ky. 
  • Bethany Edwards, Lia Diagnostics, Philadelphia, Pa.     
  • Rozalynn Goodwin, GaBBY, Columbia, SC 
  • Jonathan Marshall, Baby Booster, Fayetteville, ARCandace Sparks with BabyBedside and Natalie Guess with the Magnolia Business Alliance
  • Cherie Mathews, Heal In Comfort, Austin, Texas 
  • Adriana Moscatelli, Play Works Studio, Normandy Park, Wash.
  • Whitney Reeves & Seabren Reeves, Bitzy Baby, Brunswick, Maine
  • CJ Scarlet, Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc., Clayton, NC
  • Leiah Scheibel & Alexandra Bradberry, The Sparkle Bar, Glendale, AZ
  • Candace Sparks, S.P.A.R.K. LLC, Ocean Springs, Miss.

These finalists will travel to the District of Columbia on May 8th where they will pitch their products and services to a panel of expert judges during SBA's National Small Business Week.  Finalists will also be invited to a Women in Small Business breakfast hosted by the Washington Post.   

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge kicked off in early March with local competitions throughout the country hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA's resource partners and other local organizations.  The SBA sought entrepreneurs who created a product or service that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.

For details on the competition and to sign up to attend the Live Pitch Finale event, visit
www.sba.gov/innovateHER. A live stream of the event will also be available at that the link on the day of the event.

Cosponsorship authorization No. 15-6050-91. SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Release Number: 15-26

Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

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Stennis Collaborates with Texas A&M, Naval Research Laboratory on First-of-its-Kind App

NASA Stennis Space Center, the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis, and Texas A&M University at Galveston recently unveiled a first-of-its-kind web app to alert coastal residents of impending landings of bothersome Sargassum seaweed.
The first version of the Sargassum Early Advisory System (SEAS) web app detects Sargassum in the ocean using a satellite, forecasts its movement using an ocean model and virtual buoys, and alerts coastal residents of impending landings.
By tracking the approach of Sargassum, the new web app helps residents, businesses and local governments be better prepared to address seaweed issues. In 2014, the Gulf Coast was inundated with Sargassum, impacting everything from the fishing industry to tourism and local community life. So far in 2015, other regions are being hit hard, but there is a lot of Sargassum currently in the Gulf of Mexico.
“This project is a great example of NASA science and technology helping people in daily life,” said Duane Armstrong, chief of NASA’s Applied Science and Technology Projects at Stennis. “The techniques we developed are also going to help address other challenges, such as detecting ocean oil spills and monitoring oyster fisheries.”
The app grew out of a prior project in which Texas A&M University of Galveston scientists developed a manual system for predicting Sargassum landings. Armstrong suggested that the process could be adapted into an app to provide this information to the Gulf Coast and other regions.
The SEAS app was unveiled during the 2015 Gulf Coast Sargassum Symposium in Galveston, Texas, on April 2-3. The conference drew more than 100 participants from five countries, representing a broad cross-section of people from scientists to business owners to state and local government representatives.
“The SEAS web app and the symposium received overwhelmingly positive feedback,” Armstrong said. “It’s a great tool to put in the hands of businesses and community leaders. There’s been a lot of interest in it.”
The app drew front-page coverage in the Houston Chronicle and was picked up by more than 70 media outlets, including major outlets such as National Public Radio and Telemundo. “This is a unique project that addresses a real problem,” Armstrong explained. “Seaweed can inundate a coastline, piling several feet high and extending for miles. It can represent a real challenge for communities.”
A benefit of the SEAS app is its availability; anyone can access it online at: sargassum.tamug.edu. In addition, the app costs almost nothing to operate and can be easily updated and enhanced, a process already under way.
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NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth.
The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. The selected aerospace technology and innovation projects have a total value of approximately $118.1 million, supporting 117 U.S. firms and research institutions in 26 states.
"Just as small businesses are driving our economy, technology is driving exploration," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "These selected proposals demonstrate the creativity of American entrepreneurs and, along with our other technology investments, will contribute to ensuring the U.S. remains a leader in technology development and space exploration."
Of the 352 proposals received in response to the solicitations, NASA selected 119 SBIR proposals with a total value of approximately $88.8 million; nine SBIR select proposals valued at approximately $13.5 million and 21 STTR proposals with a value of approximately $15.8M.
Selected proposals from these small businesses and research institutions will develop efficient energy and power systems for human and robotic spacecraft, new concepts for in-space propulsion, advanced telescope technologies to enable a new class of critical observatories, next-generation sensors to study Earth and robotic technologies to explore other planets.
A sampling of proposals demonstrates the breadth of research these awards will fund. One study will look at ultra-high energy solid-state batteries. These next-generation advanced rechargeable batteries could potentially power spacecraft traveling to distant worlds, rovers exploring alien landscapes and even human habitat systems. They also could allow electric cars to travel greater distances between charges and a cell phone's charge to last months instead of days.
Research into departure scheduling and traffic flow management may assist NASA in enhancing integration procedures within the national airspace system. Closer to home, it could provide valuable information for planning potential delays or new routes and their effect on overall network of flight operations, cutting down on late departures and arrivals at the airport.
Five selected proposals involve technology being administered by the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, valued at about $3.75 million over the next two years. The STTR Phase II projects affiliated with Stennis are:

  • “Compact Energy Conversion Module,” developed by Extreme Diagnostics Inc in Boulder, Colorado, and The Regents of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • “Heat Harvesting by Artificial Muscles,” developed by Lynntech, Inc. in College Station, Texas, and the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.

The SBIR Phase II projects affiliated with Stennis are:

  • “Hydrogen Wave Heater for Nuclear Propulsion Component Testing,” developed by ACENT Laboratories, LLC in Manorville, New York.
  • “Fabrication and Testing of Nuclear-Thermal Propulsion Ground Test Hardware, Phase II,” developed by Ultramet in Pacoima, California.
  • “A Geospatial Decision Support System Toolkit,” developed by Applied Geosolutions, LLC in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

NASA's SBIR Program is a competitive awards-based program that encourages American small businesses to engage in federal research, development and commercialization. The program also enables businesses to explore technological potential while providing the incentive to profit from new commercial products and services. Small businesses create about two out of every three jobs in the U.S. each year, and about half the American workforce either own or work for a small business.
NASA's STTR Program uses a highly competitive, three-phase award system that provides collaborative opportunities between qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, and research institutions to address specific technology gaps in NASA's programs. Selected projects provide a foundation for future technology developments and are complementary to other NASA research investments.
SBIR and STTR Phase II projects will expand on the results of recently completed Phase I projects. Phase I projects received six-month contracts up to $125,000. SBIR and STTR Phase II projects last no more than two years and receive contracts valued up to $750,000 per award. Awards under the SBIR select solicitation may be up to $1.5 million per award. Phase III, or the commercialization of an innovation, may occur after successful completion of Phase II.
Selection criteria for these awards included technical merit and feasibility, along with experience, qualifications and facilities. Additional criteria included effectiveness of the work plan and commercial potential and feasibility.
NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, manages the SBIR and STTR Programs for STMD. NASA's 10 centers manage individual projects. For more information about NASA's SBIR and STTR Programs and a list of selected companies, visit:


STMD is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. For more information about NASA's investment in space technology, visit:



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Stennis Space Center Powering Nation’s Space Dreams

Fifty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy challenged this nation to send humans to the moon and return them safely. In July 1969, the nation met that challenge with an Apollo 11 mission powered by rocket engines and stages tested at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi.
Forty-three years ago, President Richard Nixon challenged NASA to build a transportation system to help transform the space frontier. Thus was born the space shuttle, which carried astronauts to low-Earth orbit for 30 years, to build the International Space Station, to launch the Hubble Space Telescope, to engage in research that touches every part of our daily lives. Each one of the 135 space shuttle missions was powered by rocket engines tested at Stennis Space Center.
Five years ago, President Barack Obama called on NASA and this nation to push “the boundaries of humanity’s reach” and return humans to deep space, to explore an asteroid and to journey to Mars. As before, all eyes are turned to Stennis Space Center, where the rocket engines and stages to fulfill that quest will be tested.
Time and time again, this nation has entrusted its space dreams to NASA. Time and again, NASA has designated Stennis Space Center to play a major role in realizing those dreams because of the work performed by the center.
Tomorrow will be no different.
Stennis is already testing RS-25 rocket engines to power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) on its deep-space missions and its journey to Mars. Stennis also will test the SLS core stage to prove it is flightworthy. This is no small responsibility, but one Stennis Space Center has met time after time.
That is not all. Stennis is also taking a lead role in fulfilling the president’s call to enable private companies to make low-Earth space travel easier and more affordable, thus freeing NASA to pursue the nation’s deep-space dreams. In answering that call, companies are turning to Stennis to test rocket engines and components for their commercial flight systems. These include companies that perform Department of Defense missions, as well as those that will supply the International Space Station and eventually carry American astronauts into space once again from American soil.
They turn to Stennis because of our unique rocket engine test capabilities and because of our history and proven expertise. They turn to Stennis because of our commitment to efficiency and frugal use of the “pennies on the dollars” that fund this nation’s space program. The center hosts a number of federal, state, academic and private organizations and several technology-based companies that share the cost of owning and operating the site, making it more cost-effective for NASA and each resident agency to accomplish its independent mission. All of this can be attributed to Stennis being ranked as one of the very best places to work among several hundred federal agency subcomponents for the past four years.
Stennis works in close partnership with the state of Mississippi to support economic and community initiatives. We are a major contributor to Gulf Coast and state economies. A recent Mississippi State University study shows Stennis spends almost three-fourths ($0.74) of every dollar within a four-county/parish, 50-mile-radius area. Our direct economic impact in 2014 totaled $678 million; and our global economic impact reached $917 million. Stennis is powering the nation’s space dreams right here in the great state of Mississippi.
In his speech five years ago, President Obama spoke of the Apollo 11 mission that carried humans to the surface of the moon for the first time. “The question for us now,” he said, “is whether that was the beginning of something new or the end of something.”
For that answer, one need look no further than NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, where each engine test brings the nation closer and closer to realization of new dreams that push “the boundaries of humanity’s reach.”  

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