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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."

Source: NASA

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RE: Fix this planet first
By deksman2 on 2/26/2013 3:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you are mostly correct, but a bit off on a few notes:
First off, giving each Human on this planet (individually, each out of all 7.1 billion) 93 square meters (1000 square feet) would basically take up the entire Texas state in the USA (this is without building vertically - so if you build vertically and maintain the size of each living space to 1000 square feet), you'd need about 50% of state of Texas to house all 7.1 billion people (the rest of the world would be void of Human activity).

Humanity has already been producing enough food to feed 10 billion per year for just over 30 years now (and this is by using outdated agriculture).
For decades we had the ability to grow food locally in fully automated (no need for human labor) vertical farms that grow food using hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics.
And since about 10 years ago, we had the ability to combine that into Omega gardens which can grow food in hollow, self rotating cylinders (which would force the crops to fight against gravity and grow up to 5x faster, producing stronger and much more nutrient rich plants) that have an efficient light source in the middle providing photons for growth.

As for energy...
By 1931 the entire globe could have transitioned to geothermal for baseload energy/heat production (seeing how first geothermal power plant began operations in 1911).
Also, if we tap into just 1% of Earth's geothermal supply - which is easily accessible to us - we can generate enough power to last us 4000 years).

Ground based solar power needs less than 1% of Earths surface to power the projected power demands in 2050.
Space based solar power can easily produce energy 24/7 by having about 22x more power hitting it (compared to the ground based solar tech) and beam the energy to us on the ground wirelessly (completely safe to us and the Earth).

Pizoelectric, wind, tidal and wave... all of these barely tapped in renewable energy sources can be used wherever needed.

Using fossil fuels became outdated 100 years ago.

Oh and as for raw resources... there was 0 need to extract new ones from the ground.
Because by the late 19th century (the period when we perfected recycling of heavy elements, also giving us ability to produce more using less raw matter and energy), Humanity already piled up millions of tonnes of trash in landfills, rich in raw materials, organic matter, etc. - more than enough to provide for each person's needs and wants several times over (same goes for the industry).

Fear of rubber running out?
We invented synthetic rubber a LONG time ago.

See... instead of using 'natural' stuff, we had the ability (for well over 100 years now) to create superior synthetic materials in abundance (with no harm to us or the environment) and use those.
You want to make a wooden house?
Use synthetic wood that would emulate properties of natural wood in regards to touch and smell, but be many times stronger, durable, resistant, have other properties (better insulation), etc.

Actually, already we are producing abundance practically everywhere (using technology of course).
The problem is we still live under a socio-economic system of rationing resources (which is idiotic) that purposefully utilizes technology to benefit only the select few but not everyone.

People need to get rid of this notion: 'how much does it cost'.
Because, its not money you need to make something.
You need technology, energy and resources (all of which we have in abundance).

One final thing:
Computers surpassed Humans in specialized tasks over 10 years ago.
What humans do today are highly specialized jobs... all of which are being slowly automated as we speak.
No one is irreplaceable.
Its already cheaper, easier and faster to automate a job, than it is to wait for humans to train for them and then work.
Machines don't require rest, paychecks, sick-days, or breaks.
They can work 24/7.

Oh and the only reason many machines break down now is because they are designed to break down (planned obsolescence).
We aren't even making technology which reflects our latest scientific knowledge or with the best possible efficiency in mind (because its deemed 'cost prohibitive'- translation = we have ample resources/technology to do it, but from a money point of view, it costs too much to bother with).
We already have machines that maintain themselves and build other machines (also we have machines capable of learning and producing other ideas/results).
Its all quantifiable... and no one is 'irreplaceable' (this may have been accurate in the past, but we no longer live in the past - and I fear many people might easily brush this off as if its non-consequential, only to be caught off guard when they find themselves on the other side of the fence).

I find the perpetuation of many myths (such as overpopulation or lack of resources) to be worrying, because it seems as if no one has been exposed to relevant information, nor are people thinking critically.

Granted, we do live on a finite planet with limited resources, but we had the ability to produce abundance for over 100 years now, and its exactly what we've been doing (albeit using unsustainable methods, whereas we could have and still can do it in a sustainable capacity).

Many live in destitute because they have no 'money' to afford anything else... whereas we have the resources and technology to provide each person on the planet (individually) to have a 3 times higher living standard compared to what the richest person on the planet currently 'enjoys'.

When you realize where our technology has been 100 years ago (let alone today), you basically start realizing that the only reason things are as bad as they are now, because we allowed them to progress to this point.
Its not 'human nature' to be greedy, selfish or competitive.
Those are all learned forms of behavior (mostly because for better part of our history, Humanity lived in scarcity).
But if Human behavior couldn't be altered (if there was such a thing as 'human nature'), then we'd still be living in caves.

There's no need for killing anyone or reducing the population in any way.
Besides, the more educated people are, and if they have secure/unrestricted access to basic necessities of life, then Humanity won't be overproducing off-springs (its actually in countries that have poorly educated people and poor access to basic necessities in which overpopulation is the problem - many 'developed' nations are well below the 'replacement line' numbers).

RE: Fix this planet first
By Nyu on 2/27/2013 2:13:00 AM , Rating: 2
Finally someone smart, thank you.

RE: Fix this planet first
By FITCamaro on 2/27/2013 9:36:05 AM , Rating: 2
When it comes to something like electronics, the reason they break is two-fold.

a) A race to the bottom on price. That means cheap components that wear our fast.

b) Even higher end electronics aren't built like they used to be. Why? Because of environmental regulations that make it impossible to. Lead was a key component in solder that added strength and durability to electronic connections. It's now gone. Why? Because of an imagined danger brought on by liberals.

And we could all be powered by geothermal? Based on what? Where? Yes there are a lot of untapped geothermal sources. But are they where people live? How much would it cost to build a plant there? Even if someone wanted to, would environmental groups let them.

Solar power and wind are a joke and don't work everywhere, all the time. Even if you wanted to try and build solar power out, again, environmental groups would never let you build the required amount. And you'd still need other power sources. Solar and wind are highly fluctuated in output and require expensive upgrades to power systems in order to even hook them up to the grid. Who pays for that? Right we're all just supposed to work as government drones and do whatever we're told "for the greater good".

And space based solar power? What do you base it on that that would be completely safe? High power microwaves aren't exactly healthy. There are other methods but there is no proven technology that can transmit power for miles at great efficiencies and safely. Sure you could try to build space elevators that carry the cables, not exactly cheap though. Nuclear, fusion, or thorium power is a far better idea, safe, and clean. Nuclear and thorium are ready now.

Synthetic rubber requires oil. Thought y'all wanted us not to use that. Synthetic wood? Again, what cost?

In what world do you live in that humans are these perfect beings that all get along? Where money is unnecessary and everyone will just work hard because someone else says so without any reward other than housing or food. Yeah there's plenty of examples of that...

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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