Nahsai Awarded Small Business Technology Transfer Contract From U.S. Air Force

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Nahsai, an advanced materials technology start-up, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop a wireless sensor array that operates in extreme temperatures of nearly 3000 degrees and could advance sensing capabilities in hypersonics, space, and rocket propulsion systems. Nahsai will be working with North Carolina State University, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and U.S. Space Force's Rocket Systems Launch Program to leverage ceramic nanocomposite commercial technologies for use with the Department of Defense.

Nahsai, an advanced materials technology start-up with offices in Michigan and Texas, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the U.S. Air Force through the AFWERX innovation program. This award will allow Nahsai to accelerate the delivery of extreme environment sensing solutions based on leading edge material and manufacturing technologies originally developed and licensed through research partnerships between the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Florida State University.

Under the Phase II contract Nahsai will develop and test an array of wireless self-powered sensors that operate in temperatures approaching 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. Nahsai has partnered with North Carolina State University on the project, and will be working with U.S. Air Force Research Lab personnel in Dayton, OH and Edwards, CA, along with the U.S. Space Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program based in Albuquerque, NM. The objective of their work is to take advantage of technologies being commercialized by Nahsai for non-defense solutions to potentially advance sensing capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD) in areas of hypersonics, space, and rocket propulsion system development.

"Our team is very proud to be partnering with the Air Force and with Dr. Xu’s research group at NC State as we open access to previously unobtainable data, and push the limits of material system capabilities for sensing in extreme environments.” Todd Huber, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

While the partnership with the Air Force will advance potential solutions for the DoD, Nahsai’s team will also continue to develop material solutions that challenge current sensing limits and drive capability growth in non-defense sectors, like high performance mobility, energy, and industrial manufacturing.

About Nahsai:
Nahsai’s mission is to deliver leading edge technology solutions to extreme industry challenges at pace. The company is advancing exclusive patents in ceramic nanocomposite materials to unlock the value of data-driven innovations, autonomy, and analytics for high performance industries challenged by extreme environments.

About the AFWERX STTR Program
AFWERX is the Air Force's team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia, and the military to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation. For start-ups and small businesses, AFWERX is working with the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program to increase collaboration between the Private Sector and the United States Air Force.

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