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NASA Technology Roadmap: A Heavenly Guide For IT And CIOs
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David Wagner
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5/31/2015 | 11:29:28 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
@imapactnow- Well, to a certain extent, the answer is yes, some people did imagine it as they were working on it 20 years ago to make it happen about 10 years ago (give or take). But NASA has a slightly different issue. To a certain extent, they don't the bleeding edge. They need reliable, tested answers that won't blow up in space. So everything they use in 20 years needs to be developed in the next 5 to 10 (at least in a lab setting). That's why it is such a useful document fo rus to look at it. It is our nearer future.
impactnow
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5/31/2015 | 12:34:43 AM
Re: The things we will invent and discover

I agree the broad ideas might be on target but how do we fully anticipate where technology will take us. Would any of us had imagined a tablet or smartphone 20 years ago? The implications are significant.

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5/27/2015 | 4:57:48 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
It's a very interesting list especially with all of the budget cuts that NASA has endured . I am fascinated that they are able to envision technology that will help them achieve these missions especially given the pace the technology has evolved over the past 20 years . Time will tell if they anticipated all that they needed or technology will expedite their plans .
Charlie Babcock
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5/22/2015 | 2:52:14 PM
What to save, what to throw away?
Yes, Dave, data triage is necessary as spacecraft get further from earth and encounter planets or other objects that disrupt transmissions. I still remember how everyone held their breath as the first Apollo mission to the moon last contact as it traversed the moon's dark side. Would Apollo reappear in orbit? Would contact be re-established? It seemed quite lovely when everything went according to plan. The outages we  experience as a craft orbits Mars are going to significantly longer.

 
David Wagner
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5/22/2015 | 12:18:41 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
@Ron_Hodges= I agree. I think the technology will be put to market on Earth very quickly after it is developed for NASA. And what I like about these roadmaps (this is the second. The first was 2012) is that it really shows a strategic viewpoint of technology. It almost feels like a tech tree in a video game. But it allows for startups who want in the space game, universities and enterprises to work with NASA on specific need-based technologies. An organization like NASA, just by putting out a document can probably help focus and advance innovation efforts.
David Wagner
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5/21/2015 | 6:35:12 PM
Re: Tell the future to hurry up and arrive
@Tom- In short, NASA has a document which lists 15 areas of technology that it needs to develop to get ot Mars. And each of those areas has another 10-20 technologies that need to be invented to get us there. And each of those sections have 150 pages or more describing why devloping those technologies is hard. So there's over 2000 pages just describing what we still can't do and why it is hard ot do it. That's not even inventing the things. So, it might take a while.
Thomas Claburn
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5/21/2015 | 6:00:08 PM
Tell the future to hurry up and arrive
I want humans on Mars! What's taking so long?


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