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Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs?

By Keith Cowing
June 28, 2011
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Keith’s note: This whole NASA Tech Briefs thing just baffles me. They use the NASA name and logo and post all manner of cool things related to tech transfer, spinoffs, etc. – yet they do not issue press releases – and NASA PAO, CTO, IPP, CIO, SOMD et al never promote what NASA Tech Briefs is doing. Mark Uhran at SOMD is forever babbling about how interested the private sector is in ISS utilization. Great – he may well have a valid point – yet I see no evidence that SOMD and NASA Tech Briefs even know that the other exists. Sounds rather dysfunctional. Why bother to coordinate, eh NASA?

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