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Stealth NIAC Forum

By Keith Cowing
September 9, 2015
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Stealth NIAC Forum

Keith’s note: According to the last page of NASA INNOVATIVE ADVANCED CONCEPTS (NIAC), PHASE I APPENDIX NNH15ZOA0001N-NIAC_A3“, 21 August 2015: “7. NIAC Virtual Q&A Forum NASA will host a virtual forum that will address key aspects of this Appendix. The date targeted for this forum is tentatively Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Specific details for the forum will be posted on the following website:”
Despite the language in the Appendix, there is no mention of this event at This page NIAC Key Dates refers to the release of the August 2015 appendix release as “planned” and makes no mention of this forum. This page on the forum (mentioned in today’s last minute email but not findable from the Technology Directorate home page) only appeared on 9 September 2015.
This note was sent out from on 9 September 2015 at 11:59 am EDT for an event scheduled for 3 pm EDT on 9 September 2015 (that’s 3 hours advanced notice): “On September 9, 2015, 3 PM EDT, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program office in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) will be hosting a Virtual Forum to address key aspects in Appendix NNH15ZOA0001N-NIAC_A3, released on August 21, 2015 which solicits Phase I proposals.”
The @NASAIAC fan Twitter account run by one of NIAC’s own official advisors (NASA NIAC has no official Twitter account) makes no mention at all of this solicitation or forum. The official @NASA_Technology Twitter account did make mention on 8 September 2015 however – but only once and only 24 hours in advance.
Little or no advanced notice – and no obvious mention at What good are these events if no one knows about them?

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