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NASA Tech Talks

January 26, 2023 @ 18:00 - January 25, 2024 @ 19:30 CST

We want HOU! Join us to discover NASA’s toughest tech challenges–and apply your skills and expertise to solve them.

In these presentations, occurring the fourth Thursdays of the month, Mr. Montgomery Goforth and other aerospace subject matter experts will discuss the technology development challenges faced by NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the surrounding Aerospace community in our ongoing efforts as the hub of human spaceflight. Presentations will focus on the ways in which these challenges, and the associated opportunities, can be leveraged by Houston’s innovation community.

During the Thursday January 26 presentation, Raymond Wagner will discuss leveraging Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long lived wireless sensors, the technology developed, and examples of in-space and terrestrial applications which may provide opportunities for commercialization. (RFID technology is widely used for terrestrial logistics, and NASA has begun extensively using it on the International Space Station (ISS) to support inventory monitoring and tracking. While RFID primarily provides a mechanism for a small, battery-less tag to report its identification only using power received from an RFID interrogator, protocol extensions allow for the inclusion of other information, such as sensor data, as well. Using this capability, we have developed a store-and-forward overlay to allow Internet-of-things (IoT)-style wireless sensors to use the EPC Global Class 1 Generation 2 RFID protocol as their data transmission mechanism. This gives the wireless sensor a radio that it can essentially use “for free” from the standpoint of its own power budget and significantly opens up the design space for ultra-long lived wireless sensors.

Past NASA Tech Talks have included : Montgomery B. Goforth discussing NASA Intellectual Property suitable for commercialization by small/start-up companies. Future NASA Tech Talks will include: dual-use (space/terrestrial) technologies in the areas of:

  • Avionics / Communication / Sensors
  • Power Storage and Distribution
  • Autonomous & Robotics Systems
  • Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Systems
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality in Human Spaceflight Training & Execution
  • Human Health & Performance / Human Systems Research

About the Speakers

Raymond Wagner leads the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) technology development effort infusing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based, ultra-low power wireless sensors into spaceflight applications. In addition, he serves as the chief technologist of the NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program 5G project office and the deputy chair of the NASA 3GPP Working Group. He also serves as the Data Standards Manager at JSC and represents the center at the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS). In that role, he has led the CCSDS effort for standardization of 3GPP in spaceflight applications. He has B.S.E.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University in Houston, TX.

Montgomery B. Goforth serves as the Assistant Director, Strategic Pursuits & Partnerships – Engineering Directorate, NASA JSC.

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January 26 @ 18:00 CST
January 25, 2024 @ 19:30 CST
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