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GPHI faculty wins new Maryland Innovation Initiative Grant

Grants Designed to Promote the Commercialization of Research

October 24, 2016 10:32 AM

Neel Savani, a researcher at UMBC’s Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute, (GPHI), is developing a system that can forecast solar storms up to 24 hours in advance, a huge improvement over the current ability to give a one-hour warning. His team’s phase I MII grant will allow them to “get a handle and statistical understanding of how good of an improvement this forecast will be,” Savani explains, “If I can validate how much the improvement will be, then I can convert that into a sales pitch.”

“It’s great to see the state of MD take the lead in supporting space technology,” Savani adds, “I’m seeing venture capitalists looking to invest in the space industry.”

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