How NASA is becoming more business friendly

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A new case study demonstrates the steps being taken by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand its needs and do business with it. The detailed case study, which provides insights on the design, results, and lessons learned from these efforts, is published in New Space: The Journal of Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Jennifer Gustetic, NASA Headquarters (Washington, DC) and colleagues from NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA), REI Systems (Sterling, VA), and the Department of Energy (Washington, DC) coauthored the article entitled "Making NASA More Business Friendly: A Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Case Study." They describe the three core initiatives of the effort to make NASA more open to collaboration with . These included developing an annual Request for Information (RFI), which offered an opportunity for businesses to provide input and submit ideas. A second initiative was the establishment of Industry Day, an annual small business-NASA event that provided a forum in which small business customers and NASA subject matter experts could convene, to increase the likelihood for commercialization of innovations and successful uptake of new technologies by NASA. Lastly, NASA prioritized the modernization of its Electronic Handbook, an IT system used to manage the solicitation of proposals and awards process. The authors discuss the results of these efforts, draw conclusions, and suggest future steps that can be taken to further improve collaboration between NASA and the small business community.

"NASA has been one of the most proactive U.S. government actors for the promotion of innovation, and developing small capabilities, to help meet the agency's mission goals," says New Space Editor-in-Chief of Ken Davidian, who has worked in the commercial transportation industry for over 30 years.

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More information: Jennifer L. Gustetic et al, Making NASA More Business Friendly: A Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Case Study, New Space (2019). DOI: 10.1089/space.2019.0005
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Aug 19, 2019
NewSpace is a corrosive and ruinous ideology that has done inestimable damage to public opinion. The Ayn-Rand-in-space-libertarians that populate the NewSpace movement are the worst thing that has ever happened to space exploration. Worse than both shuttle disasters. They damn the space agency on the one hand while pouring literally libraries of death-to-SLS propaganda onto the internet for years in an effort to divert NASA funding to their flagship company. They have hijacked almost all public forums by cyber-bullying any critics into silence. Musk fans are the worst bunch on the internet, proven by survey.

Aug 19, 2019
I'm more interested in the technology than the ideology. If it works use it.

Aug 19, 2019
NewSpace is not technology, it is ideological and driven by state-hate and greed. Since only state-sponsored public works projects have any chance of success in establishing a permanent human presence off-world the NewSpace movement has actually worked against any progress. The NewSpace movement is anti-space, though they pose as promoting an expansion of humankind into the solar system they are in reality about one thing- marketing the products of their flagship company. So far that company has managed to acquire a satellite launch business with tax dollars by promising a cheap astronaut taxi. No taxi so far, but they are now in the process of strip mining Earth orbit with a massive constellation of cheap and nasty smallsats.

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