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'Innovation Now' Fuels Ideas
By: Sasha Congiu, NASA intern

Are you interested in learning about a robot lifeguard, mosquito laser or NASA Centennial Challenges?

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These ultra portable satellite communications systems from GATR Technologies inflate like a space-age beach ball. That means you don't need a truck or forklift to set up remote hi-speed video and internet communications - you can carry the entire system in a couple of airline carry-on bags. Credit: NASA

If none of these spark your interest, that's okay. "Innovation Now" offers hundreds of other topics.

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) recently launched a national radio program and podcast series, called "Innovation Now," presenting innovative concepts, ideas, products, people and more. The series debuted September 1 online and on radio station WHRV 89.5 FM in Norfolk. Episodes play 260 times a year, for 90 seconds, Monday through Friday, at 5:32 p.m.

"One neat thing about having a fresh episode every weekday of the year is that it gives us a chance to cover more specific interests," said Tim Allen, NIA's communications manager. "If the subject matter doesn't catch your attention one day, there's a great chance the very next episode will."

The producers of the show hope to target a well-rounded audience.

"The audience we are trying to go for is educated, interested and engaged, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy the show," Allen explained.

Episodes feature revolutionary and breakthrough concepts in a wide range of areas, including transportation, computer technology, energy, health and medicine, public safety, consumer goods, aerospace, environmental resources and industrial productivity.

Hear the compelling stories behind the technologies, people and concepts that are shaping our future at:

With varying topics, "Innovation Now" is intended to impact people's daily lives and portray a glimpse of the future before it is seen or read elsewhere. It also provides the listener a boost of confidence to tackle his or her own farfetched project or idea.

"When you hear how others are achieving innovation, it's easier to feel like you can achieve great things," Allen said. "The show isn't just about technology; it's sometimes about how they got there, so that other people can get there."

When talking about the show and its many positive attributes, Allen expressed gratitude for WHRV.

"WHRV is instrumental in the success of this show," he said. "They’re not only helping us with distribution of the show, but they were also the first station to carry the series."

NIA and NASA are excited about the future of the program and are looking forward to see how it will positively affect people's lives.

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