The company Space Ground Amalgam, LLC got awarded the first prize of $100,000 at last Saturday 's 2012 NewSpace Business Plan Competition (NASA funded). This competition has the purpose to help startup space companies that create potentially game-changing technologies. Space Ground Amalgam, LLC will look at inflatable antennas and rigidization techniques for very large structures. The company is in a partnership with the famous inflatable manufacturer L'Garde (CA, USA). They will also look into post rigidization optimization. Application areas are 30GHz antennas but it is planned to expand to solar arrays. Great to hear that there is research undertaken in inflatable structure with the industry backing it up. Lets see how SAM can benefit from this news :).