Commercialization: October 2013 Archives

NASA Procurement Information Circular PIC 13-05 October 25, 2013

"GUIDANCE: Under the terms of their contracts, contractors are responsible for submitting complete, proper requests for payment due to impacts of the Government shutdown, including identifying the contract clause under which payment is sought and including sufficient supporting documentation. [contracting officers] COs may not solicit requests; COs may respond to contractor questions but should not influence a contractor's choice of whether or how to pursue requests for payment. Contracting officers must evaluate contractor requests related to the Government shutdown on a contract-by-contract basis. CO evaluations must include an examination of the cost or delivery extensions requested, and a determination that adjustment is appropriate under the contract clause or term specified by the contractor. While it is not appropriate for the CO to advise the contractor on its options, during the evaluation process, the CO may determine that a request for payment should have been made under a different authority, and should notify the contractor accordingly."

NASA Technology That Can't Link To Itself, earlier post

Keith's note: NASA Office of the Chief Technologist has no link to NASA Tech Briefs. NASA Tech Briefs does not link to NASA OCT. In fact, I did a search of the source HTML code on the NASA Techbriefs home page. There are no links to anything at NASA.gov whatsoever. Yet this page features the NASA logo. Baffling.

NASA Engages the Public to Discover New Uses for Out-of-this-World Technologies

"NASA has joined forces with the product development startup Marblar for a pilot program allowing the public to crowdsource product ideas for forty of NASA's patents. This initiative will allow Marblar's online community to use a portion of NASA's diverse portfolio of patented technologies as the basis of new product ideas."

Keith's note: There is no mention of this overt technology news item from the other day on NASA's main Technology page. Given that Congress is already looking for vulnerable accounts with easy money to solve their budget problems next year (paying for SLS, Commercial Crew, Space Science) and the long knives are already out to carve up NASA's technology budget windfall and use it to solve other problems. If NASA cannot do a better job coordinating its technology portfolio and explain what it does with the technology money it has already gotten, then perhaps that money could be better spent on projects that the agency can explain - and justify.

Keith's update: @NASA-Technology noted that they have a list that collects all of NASA's technology Twitter account tweets. Its a start - but NASA still needs to coordinate its various technology efforts much better than it currently does. This list does not include coverage of @innovateDotNASA which is operated by innovate.nasa.gov. And I still find it unfathomable that NASA allows NASA Tech Briefs to continue to utterly ignore NASA - all while using "NASA" in its name and its logo as well.

- Another NASA Technology Data Dump No One Will Know About, earlier post
- NASA Praises a Spinoff That It Has Already Dumped, earlier post
- Bursting The NASA Spinoff Myth, earlier post
- More Stealth NASA Spinoffs, earlier post

Keith's note: SNC is having a media telecon tday at 11:30 am EDT. Follow @NASAWatch for tweets. Note that the video ends just before landing. Odd. You can see that the left gear was not deploying properly.

Keith's update: According to SNC's Mark Sirangelo the Dream Chaser flight on Saturday achieved 99% of what was planned. The prime purpose was to see if the vehicle would fly. It did - perfectly. This was the first test of a lifting body since the 1970s. As the landing gear deployed, the left side gear did not deploy properly. The vehicle could not compensate and skidded off of the runway ending up on its side. There was no damage to the interior of the cabin. Sirangelo said that this incident showed SNC just how strong their vehicle is. This specific vehicle was only supposed to have two drop tests before being reworked to perform orbital flight. SNC is looking into what the new plan will be for this specific vehicle. Sirangelo said that they got most of the data that they needed and that this incident will not really affect their testing plans.

Keith's 28 Oct note: Sources report that Ed Mango has resigned as head of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Kathy Leuders, the current Deputy Program Manager, will be taking over for Mango. She has the support and respect of all the companies, NASA, and the Administration. This management change will renew the tug of war between JSC and KSC over where this program should actually be managed.

Keith's 29 Oct update : According to NASA PAO: "Ed Mango, the Program Manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, has announced he's stepping down from his position to tend to personal matters, effective as of Oct. 21. Kathryn Lueders, Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program, is serving as the Acting Program Manager, working to ensure NASA's commercial crew partners remain on-track developing safe, innovative, cost-effective transportation systems to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil again as soon as possible."


'Anti-Troll' Marblar Unites NASA Patents, Samsung to Crowdsource New Products, ABC

"What do water filters, memory foam and invisible braces have in common? All those everyday products' origins can be found in NASA technology, and the new crowdsourcing website Marblar is taking advantage of that to find the next big thing. The site Wednesday announced that several hundred patents from NASA and other organizations would be available for its users to play with. Marblar CEO Daniel Perez said that although many companies' research and development departments spend millions of dollars on such patents, more than 95 percent of them sit unused."

NASA Engages the Public to Discover New Uses for Out-of-this-World Technologies

"NASA has joined forces with the product development startup Marblar for a pilot program allowing the public to crowdsource product ideas for forty of NASA's patents. This initiative will allow Marblar's online community to use a portion of NASA's diverse portfolio of patented technologies as the basis of new product ideas."

NASA MSFC/Moon Express Space Act Agreement

NASA MSFC/Moon Express Space Act Agreement Annex

"This Annex shall be for the purpose of MSFC providing support to Moon Express, Inc. (MEl) in their efforts to design, develop, integrate, and test their Guidance Algorithms for a terrestrial lander. The MEl provided algorithms will be integrated into the existing Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Software on-board MSFC's Warm Gas Test Article (WGTA) and used to perform a hazard avoidance test series."

"Partner agrees to reimburse NASA an estimated cost of $31,500.00 for NASA to carry out its responsibilities under this Annex."

Video of SpaceX Next Gen Falcon 9 Launch

"This video of the Next Gen Falcon 9 Demonstration Flight includes video footage of the first stage re-ignition done as part of a recovery attempt. This Falcon 9 rocket was launched on 29 September and delivered the CASSIOPE, CUSat, DANDE and POPACS satellites to orbit."


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