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2012 National Launch Party

March 23, 2012, 5:30 PM to March 28, 2012, 8:00 PM PDT


Our Cleantech Open community will be gathering at the epic NASA Ames campus to launch the biggest year of cleantech innovation yet.


Two competitions and challenges will be on the launch pad. The Cleantech Open Business Accelerator & Competition and the NASA Night Rover Challenge start their trajectories on this stellar evening.

It’s an exciting evening of interactive exhibits and unbeatable networking. Green Barrel wine will flow, hors d’oeuvres will be passed and new connections will be made.

Meet the people who count in cleantech, in Silicon Valley and the world beyond.

"I wouldn’t miss it for the world” – NASA Night Rover Robot – performing roving tricks on custom, space-age platforms before your eyes. "Meet me at my booth" –12 Innovative Cleantech Open Alumni Companies – showcasing fresh, cutting edge cleantech ideas that are going big in 2012.

Come to the 2012 Launch Party to:

  • Track the future of cleantech technology at our alumni expo
  • Explore the NASA Night Rover Challenge and find the solution to power supply during the lunar night
  • Gain industry insights from interactive presentations
  • Connect with other leaders who will help bring your ideas to fruition
  • Walk the curated exhibit of NASA's cleantech research projects - NASA Ames Office of the Chief Technologist - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) - Kepler - Aeronautics - Robotics - NASA Astrobiology Institute


NASA Ames Research Center, Building 3, 500 Severyns Road,Moffett Field, California, 94035

Parking Map: Click here for a parking map. Click here to carpool. Click here for public transit information.



5:30pm: Registration opens

5:30-6:30pm Exhibits, hors d'oeuvres, wine and Instagram yourself as an Astronaut!

6:30-7:15pm: Hear from NASA scientists, Cleantech Open and more at lightning talks

- Rex Northen, Executive Director Cleantech Open

- Jefferey Jacobs, Vice President, Chevron Technology Ventures

- Sam Ortega, Manager, Centennial Challenges Program, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

- Steven F. Zornetzer, Ph.D, NASA Ames Research Center Associate Center Director - Technical

7:15-8:00: Network over NASA's Chef's choice hors d'oeuvres, organic barrel wines, alumni exhibits, the NASA Night Rover robot display and an extensive showcase of NASA's Cleantech research projects.


NASA Exhibit Details

Green Aviation at NASA Ames: Advancing vehicle concepts and technologies to reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions

Kepler: Kepler's objective is to measure the change in brightness of more than 150,000 stars, looking for the telltale signature of a planet passing, or transiting, in front of its host star.

SOFIA: In SOFIA's interactive display participants have an opportunity to see themselves in the infrared and learn about the invisible universe that SOFIA explores.

NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI): NAI is a virtual, distributed organization of competitively-selected teams that integrate astrobiology research and training programs in concert with the national and international science communities.

NASA Ames Research Center - Office of the Center Chief Technologist: NASA Office of the Chief Technologist and its associated Space Technology Program is chartered with improving the ways NASA explores and discovers our universe. It is home to the Centennial Challenges Program.

NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG): The IRG enables humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in a wide range of areas including computer vision, geospatial data systems, human-robot interaction, interactive 3D visualization, and robot software architecture.

NASA Subsonic Rotary Wing: NASA's Subsonic rotory wing research includes efforts highlighting experimental capabilities such as wake assessment, blade geometry and surface pressures using CFD, 2D PIV, and photogrammetry. NASAs aeromechanics work and the processes of modeling, testing and validation lead to flight dynamics testing. Along with the acoustic work that is a joint effort between the Army AFDD and NASA to minimize rotorcraft noise and vibration.

Go big, join us. We’ll see you at the party!

Additional Details

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY: Entry at the main gate for NASA and the Conference Center requires a government issued picture identification (Driver's License). Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with a government issued picture identification. * If you are not a US Citizen restrictions may apply due to NASA and government regulations. Contact us at 888-989-OPEN so that we can work with NASA and ensure you are able to join us for this special evening.


Global Partner: Chevron | National Education Partner: University of Phoenix | National Sponsor: Wells Fargo | Event Sponsor: Samsung | Night Rover Event Sponsor: SpaceX

Registration Fees

Type Early* Regular Door
General n/a 27.00 27.00 40.00
Students n/a 17.00 17.00 30.00
*Early registration prices available only until February 23, 2012, 8:30 PM.
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
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