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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 2/27/2013 5:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
Getting off Earth with most of Humanity in a present mental state (consume, discard, unsustainable methods of production, and 0 regard for the environment [let alone each other]) is not exactly what I would call to be 'better'.

We had the ability to fix worlds problems for over 100 years now.
Today, it would take less than 10 years with the technology and resources at our disposal.

Injecting science and technology directly into the social system could easily solve our problems... however, that alone isn't enough.
You need to educate people first and foremost and cannot expect to simply throw people from one system into the other, because you will end up with same problems (because no one was exposed to relevant general education, the approach to how the new system works, or taught people on sustainability, etc.).

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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