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A Review of the New Initiatives at the NASA Ames Research by Steering Committee for Government-Industry Partnership for

By Steering Committee for Government-Industry Partnership for the Development of New Technologies, Technology, and Economic Policy Board on Science, National Research Council, Charles W. Wessner

NASA Ames learn middle, within the center of Silicon Valley, is embarking on a application to enhance a technological know-how and expertise park bringing jointly best businesses and universities to capitalize on Ames extraordinary challenge and placement. different tasks into consideration contain the combination of SBIR promises with a deliberate on-site incubator, digital collaboration, and probably a brand new public enterprise capital application. The STEP Board used to be requested by way of the NASA Administrator to carry a one-day symposium to study those projects. This record contains commissioned examine papers and a precis of the complaints of the symposium geared up based on the NASA request.

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See the presentation in this volume of M. R. C. Greenwood, Chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz. 16 Drescher, Research Parks in the United States, op. , p. 4. , p. 4. 18 Luger and Goldstein (Technology in the Garden, op. , p. 34) write: “One of the conceptual difficulties is that there is no consensus about the definition of success.... The most commonly cited goals relate to economic development. ” 19 Ibid, p. 35. 28 A REVIEW OF THE NEW INITIATIVES AT THE NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER To address the metrics gap, Luger and Goldstein have developed multiple approaches to measure success.

For a sensor on or near Mars, communication with humans on Earth can take as long as 30 minutes, so a successful sensor is one that goes for long periods without requiring human input or response. Similarly, the robot colonies planned by NASA need to be able to make decisions when they encounter a problem. The issue of autonomy is related to human-centered computing, a combination of humans and computers in which A TECHNOLOGY VISION FOR NASA 45 computers (“intelligent agents”) take increasing degrees of the responsibility.

The next stage would bring ultrarugged nanoscale materials and structures that can withstand the harsh extremes of space. These would include microstructures for planetary and small body exploration, huge apertures to characterize extra-solar planets, and huge apertures to study phenomena under extreme conditions, such as black holes. Finally, the third stage would feature a maturing of true nano-structural engineering, characterized by adaptivity and reconfigurability at the molecular level and merged software and hardware for biomimetic systems that are responsive to changes in both internal and external conditions.

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