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NASA Finds Big Ideas From Small Businesses

The space agency's Small Business Innovation Research program selects 108 proposals from small US firms offering technology ideas with commercial potential.

One of the 108 research and technology proposals selected
by NASA, from ATA Engineering, provides a tool for designing a deployable solararray system.
One of the 108 research and technology proposals selected by NASA, from ATA Engineering, provides a tool for designing a deployable solar
array system.

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SaneIT
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3/13/2014 | 8:25:23 AM
Re: Innovation via small companies
I think some administrations are going to suffer from image issues no matter what they do right.  On one hand a private company working with a government agency gives us a level of transparency we would not have otherwise.  On the other hand we have very sensitive data in the hands of a private company which many people are not comfortable with.  I haven't met anyone who thinks that government agencies are the most innovative groups out there but I don't meet many who want their personal data being spread around either.
Lorna Garey
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3/12/2014 | 3:48:29 PM
Re: Innovation via small companies
Agreed -- it's smart when the CIA does it with In-Q-Tel and it's smart here. However, let's not hold our breath waiting for this administration to get a lick of credit for working smart in a public/private manner.
SaneIT
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3/12/2014 | 8:41:30 AM
Innovation via small companies
I really like this idea.  There are so many small companies or individuals who would love to be part of NASA but it's not like they can be bought up or absorbed by the administration.  When we have the likes of SpaceX out there with a totally different development mindset it is nice to see NASA taking advantage of the faster moving and more singularly focused companies around the aerospace industry.  Hopefully they can form long term relationships that will keep the innovation going.
Madhava verma dantuluri
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Madhava verma dantuluri,
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3/11/2014 | 11:12:37 PM
Good
Great exercise to welcome the innovative ideas from the people and thinking about implementing in the govt sectors.
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