Antennas and sunlight-cooling nanoparticles win Florida-Israel’s highest house award
Aerospace technologies, funded by a joint research and development program between Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority, include an innovative antenna for satellites and nanoparticle materials to cool objects with sunlight.
Space Florida, the aerospace authority of the state of Florida, and the Israel Innovation Authority, which is responsible for promoting the Israeli technology ecosystem, announced the four winners of the program to promote joint US-Israeli R&D projects in the field of air on Monday – and space and related technologies.
Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program was established in October 2013 with a recurring joint fund of $ 2 million to support research, development, and commercialization of aerospace and other technology projects involving both Israel and Florida benefit.
For the most recent round of funding, the eighth, 20 joint proposals were submitted by teams of for-profit companies in Florida and Israel, from which the four winning teams were selected.
“Florida’s space industry is rich in innovation, research and development, and collaborations such as the program with Israel help ensure a bright future in space,” said Florida’s Vice Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “I look forward to seeing the results of this year’s winning companies.”
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The winners are:
• Craig Technologies (Merritt Island, Florida) & MTI Wireless Edge (Israel) for the development of an innovative antenna that can be used for space-to-ground and space-to-space applications. The existing antenna will be electrically adapted to the required satellite communication frequency band and mechanically redesigned to meet the requirements of the space environment. The re-engineering of the existing antenna will offer small satellite manufacturers additional options.
• Optical filters from Everix (Orlando, Florida) & SolCold (Israel) for innovative nanoparticle materials with a dichroic filter for cooling objects with sunlight. With this award, Everix will focus on optimizing Everix production processes to achieve the required filter size, and SolCold will be scaling its cooling particles for commercialization of SolCold’s solar cooling
• Redwire Space (formerly Made In Space), Jacksonville, Florida & StemRad (Israel) for a project that focuses on performing additive manufacturing of in-orbit personal radiation protection vest components made from recycled polyethylene. Redwire Space and StemRad will recycle polyethylene from packaging waste into filament for the additive manufacturing of polyethylene shielding inserts for StemRad’s personal radiation protection vests in Orbit.
• LightPath Technologies (Orlando, Florida) & RP Optical Lab (Israel) will develop and construct an optoelectronic thermal imaging module (OETI) that is installed on nano / microsatellites. The OETI module is based on a newly developed space-compatible, compact, lightweight, modular, cryogenically cooled motorized infrared camera that uses optical IR lens substrates, space-compatible broadband telescope lenses and video electronics. The goal of the joint team will be the successful space environmental qualification of these cameras.
“Since its inception in 2013, the Israeli-Florida space technology cooperation has succeeded in producing great projects that could really make a difference in the aerospace sector,” said Ami Appelbaum, chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, who is also responsible Israel’s technology policy is to be determined. The applications had increased this year compared to the previous year, he said and pointed out the “high quality” of the submissions.
“We firmly believe that the Florida-Israel partnership and the success of this collaboration between companies from both countries will further strengthen ties between the two countries and economies,” said Appelbaum. “We wish the winning teams and companies every success and look forward to the amazing changes they will bring about in our world and beyond.”
The next joint call for applications is expected to be published in September 2021, the two organizations said in a statement.
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