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By Steering Committee for Government-Industry Partnership for the Development of New Technologies, Technology, and Economic Policy Board on Science, National Research Council, Charles W. Wessner

NASA Ames examine heart, within the middle of Silicon Valley, is embarking on a software to increase a technology and expertise park bringing jointly major businesses and universities to capitalize on Ames extraordinary project and placement. different projects into consideration contain the combination of SBIR promises with a deliberate on-site incubator, digital collaboration, and probably a brand new public enterprise capital software. The STEP Board used to be requested by means of the NASA Administrator to carry a one-day symposium to study those projects. This document contains commissioned study papers and a precis of the lawsuits of the symposium prepared based on the NASA request.

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Geographically dispersed teams would come and go from this virtual world, where intelligent agents would interact with each other and with humans to develop complex products or knowledge. A practical exercise for this kind of computing is to develop a new idea through virtual means—to move a conceptual, detailed engineering design through manufacture, use and its entire life cycle—in one year rather than the five years required today. Every step would be designed and rehearsed in virtual space before the first piece of hardware is cut.

A rover might be able to morph into some other state on a planetary surface; if the wheels get stuck, it may switch to another propulsion scheme to crawl or climb. It must be able to “live off the land” and utilize resources from the surface of asteroids or planets. The rover might “know” how to make propellants for itself and shelters for humans. This will require new ways for humans and machines to communicate and work together. Such systems must be ultra-efficient, extremely durable, use little power onboard, generate power as needed, and move at low cost and high safety both around the earth and away from the earth.

Ames brings to that plan its own substantial expertise in each of the three mission triangle fields, as well as 2,000 acres of land that includes undeveloped space and unused structures. Not the least of the park’s assets is its location in the heart of Silicon Valley. In recent years, federal agencies have tried various strategies to launch their technologies into the marketplace, with varying success. The plan to create onsite partnerships is interesting for several reasons. 4 Equally important, the plan avoids generally ineffective “technology push” techniques in favor of projects that will be driven by market needs.

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