Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority Announce Winners of Round Nine Innovation Partner Funding
Press release from: Space Florida
Posted: Tuesday June 28th 2022
Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent, publicly funded agency created to meet the needs of local innovation ecosystems and are pleased to announce the winners of the ninth round of industrial research and development funding related to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation partnership program.
In October 2013, Florida and Israel established a $2 million recurring joint fund to support research, development, and commercialization of aerospace and technology projects that benefit both Israel and Florida. For this call for projects, 11 qualified joint proposals were submitted by teams from for-profit companies in Florida and Israel. Five teams have been selected for this ninth round of awards.
“Congratulations to all of the winners selected in our latest Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Call for Proposals,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “This partnership between Florida and Israel is essential for our aerospace industries. This collaboration helps ensure a bright future and I look forward to seeing the results of this year’s winning companies.
“As we approach a decade of partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority, we are proud of the development of innovative and game-changing technologies that our grants continue to enable,” said Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida. . “Space Florida congratulates the winners of the ninth call for projects.”
The winners are:
KBR Wyle Services (Titusville, Florida) and Purammon (Israel): will collaborate to develop a new class of wastewater management system based on electrochemistry rather than current chemical/biological technologies. This new system will be designed to operate reliably in Zero-G environments and other spaceflight conditions and stresses.
LightPath Technologies (Orlando, Florida) and QuantLR (Israel): will join forces to develop ground-to-satellite, ground-to-air and satellite-to-satellite free-space optical communication channels, which will be used for the generation of quantum encryption keys, in a highly secure manner. It is expected that this project can then be developed for use in high-speed data transmission, optical communication both between satellite and ground station, as well as satellite-to-satellite communications.
Redwire Space (Jacksonville, Florida) and StemRad (Israel): In a joint project titled “Recycling In-Orbit Plastic Waste into Personal Radiation Shielding Using Additive Manufacturing”, the companies will partner for the development of personal radiation shielding through on-orbit manufacturing. additive manufacturing. Previous work has included the printing of in-orbit radiation protection vest inserts and the development of technology to optimize the printing of polyethylene.
Censy’s Technologies (Daytona Beach, Florida) & MobiliComm (Israel): The focus of this partnership will be to improve the state of the art in remote systems communications for extended operations Beyond Visual Line Of Sight & Unmanned Aerial Systems or (BVLOS UAS) and make it a cost effective solution. The innovative construction of advanced technologies will enable a highly integrated multi-redundant simultaneous communications system, providing increased reliability and quality of service for command and control.
ETA Space (Rockledge, Florida) & Helios-Project (Israel): this project will take advantage of each other’s expertise in cryogenic and chemical engineering, to develop an integrated plant for the production and liquefaction of lunar oxygen. The key project deliverable is a detailed design of a 10 metric ton per month pilot plant. The design goal is to test the integration of these two systems at a scale relevant to the lunar surface.
Each company will receive their respective funding awards from Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority.
Additionally, Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority would like to thank the Israeli office of Enterprise Florida for their collaboration and partnership in this call for projects.
The next joint call for applications is expected to be launched in September 2022. Florida-based companies looking for more information can visit www.spaceflorida.gov, while Israel-based companies can visit www.innovationisrael.org.il.
About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as a world leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and developing the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly skilled workforce, proven infrastructure, and unparalleled accomplishments, Florida is the perfect place for aerospace companies to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov
About the Israel Innovation Authority: The Israel Innovation Authority, an independent, publicly funded agency, was thus established to provide a variety of practical tools and funding aimed at effectively meeting the dynamic and changing needs of local and international innovation ecosystems. This includes start-up entrepreneurs, mature companies developing new products or manufacturing processes, academic groups seeking to transfer their ideas to market, global corporations interested in collaborating with Israeli technology, Israeli companies seeking new markets to overseas and traditional mills and factories seeking to incorporate innovative and advanced manufacturing into their businesses.
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