Boston, MA – September 15, 2020 – AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced Nanoramic Laboratories as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a virtual two-day event on September 29-30.
The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.
Located in Boston, Nanoramic is competing in the Space Asset Resiliency Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions, and research labs.
“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”
The Space Asset Resiliency Challenge strives to increase the longevity of our space assets by increasing their durability against the unique space environment and enemy threats.
Nanoramic’s high power, high energy, Li-ion battery solution uses proprietary Neocarbonix electrodes to provide major advances in Li-ion energy storage devices, combining high energy and power density with better resilience and lower costs. The Neocarbonix electrodes are configured with an advanced 3-D nanoscopic carbon binding structure that eliminates the need for polymer binders, providing greater power, energy and performance in extreme environments compared to traditional battery electrode designs.
Nanoramic’s Li-ion battery solution appeals to the in-space maneuvering needs of the Air Force, specifically for improving battery safeguarding measures, protecting physical assets (satellites, equipment, astronauts, etc.), and enhancing maneuvering capabilities by providing a more compact and elastic mobile battery option.
“The Nanoramic team is excited to have the opportunity to present our Neocarbonix technology and show how it can help the U.S. Air Force improve in-space maneuvering”, said Mitch Koffel, VP of Business Development at Nanoramic Laboratories. “It is an honor to present our technology alongside all of the innovative companies selected for the AFWERX EngageSpace Showcase”.
The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.
Register for the EngageSpace event by visiting https://engage.space
ABOUT NANORAMIC® LABORATORIES
Nanoramic® Laboratories is an industry-leading energy storage technology company and materials solutions innovator headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Spun out of MIT in 2009, Nanoramic is the exclusive designer, manufacturer, and licensor of Neocarbonix electrodes for rechargeable li-ion batteries, li-ion capacitors, and supercapacitors.
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Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.
Fast Company named AFWERX Best Workplaces for Innovators on the 2020 List, honoring the top 100 businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. AFWERX, U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm and catalyst for fostering innovation within the Air Force, came in at #16 ranking in the top 20 alongside brands such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. Preview the live announcement with Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, unveiled during the AFWERX Fusion 2020 Base of the Future Event & Showcase.
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