Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024 (Register Here
6PM CST, usually until 8PM or so. This meeting is online, on Zoom
Presentation: Transforming Space Technology Into Commercial Products
Guest Speaker: Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell, Program Manager for the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP), will speak on how this State of Texas-funded program can be of assistance to independent inventors, small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs located across the state. SATOP aims to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating new jobs, new products for the market, capital investment, and facility expansion. Mark will also present examples of how SATOP has provided key engineering, scientific and technological assistance to inventors which in-turn played a major role in helping their products become successful.
For inventors who require solutions such as material recommendations, assembly/production processes, structural analysis, and much more, SATOP offers up to 40 FREE hours of technical assistance from our volunteer engineers. This is made possible through our Alliance Partners that consist of the NASA Johnson Space Center, aerospace companies and educational institutions.
For inventors who require extensive technical assistance, SATOP through its partnership with the Texas A&M University's Engineering Capstone Design Program, can submit viable projects for small businesses into the Capstone Program to receive design solutions and academic prototypes, at NO COST to the small business. Your invention or product, regardless of which program applies to you, does not have to be high tech or space related in order to receive FREE technical assistance.
SATOP stands ready to empower small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs throughout Texas by providing invaluable FREE technical assistance.
For more information, explore our Success Story page on our website at www.satop.space/success-stories for a comprehensive showcase of the positive impact we have had on small businesses and their ventures.
A few real-world examples of ways SATOP has helped small business owners and entrepreneurs includes:
Innovative Escalating Stepladder – GRA Ventures, a small business located in Houston, TX, approached SATOP with design concepts for an escalating stepladder intended to help those with mobility impairments. Director of SATOP, Bob Payne, matched them with Texas A&M University's Capstone Design Program to refine the design of the escalating stepladder and develop an academic prototype. A team of four senior engineering students under the guidance of a professor of practice spent two consecutive semesters designing and developing the motorized stepladder for GRA Ventures.
Medical Device for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Markus Ai LLC, a startup in Fort Bend County, TX, has developed a wearable device named Markus that is designed to assist both autistic people and their guardians/caregivers. With the assistance of Markus, a user's heartrate, location, environmental temperature, and stimuli can all be tracked with their wearable technology embedded with AI. CEO Alexander Duvall reached out to SATOP through our website's “Submit a Request” page, to receive assistance with the design, including implementing a rechargeable battery into the AI-embedded software. SATOP Director, Bob Payne, matched Duvall with the Texas A&M University's Capstone Design Program, where two teams of senior engineering students developed hardware, developed a printed circuit board, and optimized the AI algorithm.
Protective Cart Handle Cover – Inventor Ramona Williams is developing a disposable and biodegradable cart handle cover for use in medical facilities and retail stores to mitigate the spread of viruses and bacteria. Williams submitted a request for technical assistance to SATOP, because she needed a recommendation for a thin plastic material that would be biodegradable, readily available, and cost-effective. SATOP matched Williams with Alliance Partner engineer Dr. Yu-Ping Tang, a retired New Mexico State University professor. Dr. Tang's research resulted in the identification of a biodegradable plastic film that would act as a barrier for pathogens.
AirCurler – The AirCurler is a user-friendly hair-care product that brings the salon-look home. Early prototypes were somewhat successful but did not produce the tight curl desired. AirCurler asked SATOP for help in determining how the shape of the air chamber affects the tightness of the curl. SATOP matched the small business with a NASA Johnson Space Center engineer who evaluated the design and provided AirCurler with testing parameters on how to find the optimal curl.
Guests are welcome.