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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 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...

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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