NASA Commits to New Tech Development with "Space Technology Mission Directorate"
February 25, 2013 10:26 PM
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NASA said the new technology developed in the Space Technology Mission Directorate will benefit aerospace and government industries in the U.S.
NASA has created a new program that will enable greater development in space technology for the future called the Space Technology Mission Directorate.
The Space Technology Mission Directorate aims to
develop new, advanced technologies
for both current and future NASA missions. NASA Associate Administrator Michael Gazarik will lead the new program.
"A robust technology development program is vital to reaching new heights in space -- and sending American astronauts to new destinations like an asteroid and Mars," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "A top priority of NASA is to invest in cross-cutting, transformational technologies. We focus on collaboration with industry and academia that advances our nation's space exploration and science goals while maintaining America's competitive edge in the new innovation economy."
The Space Technology Mission Directorate is expected to take a portfolio type of approach that will cover many discipline areas and levels of technology. The research and development will take place in NASA centers, industry, academia and government/international offices.
NASA said the new technology developed in the Space Technology Mission Directorate will benefit aerospace and government industries in the U.S., and will "address national needs."
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Just what we need
2/26/2013 8:19:31 AM
This sounds like yet another new bureaucracy with no immediate goal other than to waste money on feel-good PowerPoint presentations. When NASA was staffed almost entirely by engineers and scientists, they made great progress. By the early 70's, career bureaucrats took control, ending any possibility of human expansion into space. Hopefully the Chinese or Indians will scare us into scrapping NASA and starting over with an agency run by scientists and engineers.
RE: Just what we need
2/26/2013 9:54:19 AM
while partly true.. its pretty hard to blame NASA for the lack of direction when you have each and every new white house administration changing its goals for them, often against the wishes of NASA.
RE: Just what we need
2/27/2013 11:25:59 AM
Bolden's statement seems to suggest that they are establishing something analogous to DARPA within the DoD but in all likelihood it's just another funding channel to let the bureaucratic fun and games continue and give the appearance that they are doing something while not accomplishing much. The U.S. manned space program went off the rails during the Nixon administration. They shoved von Braun aside because he objected too strenuously to the premature termination of Project Apollo, a political embarrassment to the administration, and then made himself a further annoyance when he backed an alternative to the clunky/kludgie Space Shuttle vehicle architecture which ended up killing two astronaut crews and destroying two $1B+ orbiters. That architecture was essentially designed by an economist working as a consultant to the OMB in the Nixon administration using unrealistic flight rate predictions provided by NASA because they felt that a reusable orbiter was the logical next step and gamed the process to get what they thought was right. It would most likely have worked out much better had they built the system not originally conceived by von Braun and associates at Marshall but strongly backed by them.
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