The space services segment is the core of Techshot?s business plan. In the initial stages of our new product introduction, Techshot?s commercialization strategy is largely dependent on infusion into NASA programs. Through its Space Act Agreement and its IDIQ contract, Techshot will offer both the STEPS equipment and the services associated with flight hardware, which are expected to be highly desired by NASA-funded researchers and personnel within NASA?s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) division. AES pioneers new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems ? demonstrating key capabilities, and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond low-Earth orbit. AES activities are uniquely related to crew safety and mission operations in deep space, and are strongly coupled to future vehicle development. STEPS could prove to be a key resource that enables human pioneering beyond low Earth orbit.
Techshot?s commercial space history traces to co-founder John Vellinger?s 1989 Kentucky Fried Chicken-funded space flight experiment with chicken embryos. Later, throughout the 1990?s, Techshot was a pioneer in commercial space flight research, becoming one of the first companies of its kind to be paid by non-NASA, non-space centric organizations to process materials in space. As an official CASIS Implementation Partner, Techshot has been successfully marketing its hardware and services to a new generation of commercial companies that may not have previously participated in space research and/or materials processing. Companies such as Novartis and Eli Lilly have recently used Techshot on-orbit equipment. The wearable electronics market is expected to break $20 billion this year. The old way of making electronics by laying copper on rigid printed circuit boards is not cutting it anymore. Like everything else in our lives; faster, smaller, cheaper is the driver but softer, tactile and aesthetic are also key. This is where we will shine with what we learn. Multi-material, 3D high tech electronics packaged in new ways to withstand the rigors of space in small packages. These could be game changers in consumer products also. Techshot is partnering with nScrypt, a leading digital manufacturing company, to terrestrially commercialize intellectual property resulting from SBIR contracts.