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Bursting The NASA Spinoff Myth

NASA Lands $75,000 in Patent Auction, Wired “The market can be cruel, but it doesn’t lie: Software development algorithms are worth more than cool nanotechnology swarming technologies. That’s what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found out this week when it tried to auction three lots of its Goddard Space Flight Center software patents at an event run by the ICAP Patent brokerage. The software development patents sold for […]

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  • April 1, 2012
NASA's Stealth Commercial Suborbital Workshop

NASA GSFC Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop “NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Innovative Partnership Program (IPP) and Earth Science Division will be hosting a Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop at the GSFC on September 7, 2011. The purpose of the proposed workshop is to provide information for Earth and Space scientists about these vehicles capabilities, and to examine and discuss science topics that might be conducted from these platforms.” Keith’s 31 […]

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  • September 1, 2011
Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs?

Don’t Miss Out on Creating the Future, NASA TechBriefs “Time is running out to enter the 2011 “Create the Future” Design Contest. Entries for the ninth annual contest are due by June 30th. Click here to submit your design idea. Sponsored by COMSOL, Creo – a PTC product, and Tech Briefs Media Group, the contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000 USD. New this […]

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  • June 28, 2011
Heads up NASA OCT: Cool Invention News You Missed

NASA Ames Wins Agency Awards for Inventions “NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has won two agency awards: the 2010 Government Invention of the Year Award and the 2010 Commercial Invention of the Year Award. Ames received the Government Invention Award for developing the Future ATM (Air Traffic Management) Concepts Evaluation Tool, or FACET, software that creates simulations for managing air traffic scenarios.” Keith’s note: Cool technology news. […]

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  • March 23, 2011
Centennial Challenges Seeks Sponsors

NASA Opportunity Notice to Participate in its Centennial Challenges Program as an Allied Organization “Through this Opportunity Notice NASA seeks to select an Allied Organization for the Nano-Satellite Launcher prize competition to be conducted under the Centennial Challenges Program of NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. NASA provides the monetary prize purse (which can be supplemented by outside organizations) but no funding for the conduct of the competition itself.” NASA IPP […]

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  • March 9, 2011
Stealth NASA Space Commerce Meeting

Keith’s note: The NASA IPP NASA Commercial Space Initiatives Team Meeting is meeting on 9 Feb. Who knew? No Federal Register notice, no mention on the NASA IPP home page – no mention anywhere at You would think that with all of the recent emphasis on commercial space in the new Obama space policy that NASA would want these events to be widely known and heavily attended. Guess not.

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  • February 4, 2010
First Step Toward A Space Elevator

NASA and Spaceward Foundation Award Prize Money for Successful Wireless Power Demonstration “NASA has awarded $900,000 in prize money to a Seattle company that successfully demonstrated new wireless energy beaming technology which could one day be used to help power a “space elevator.” LaserMotive of Seattle was awarded the money after its performance in the Power Beaming Challenge competition, which was a demonstration of wireless power transmission that enabled a […]

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  • November 9, 2009
2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge Has Three Winners

Digging Teams Claim Victory in NASA Regolith Competition “Nineteen teams pushed their robotic competitors to the limit and three teams claimed a total of $750,000 in NASA prizes for their hard work and innovation at this year’s Regolith Excavation Challenge held at NASA’s Ames Research Center on Moffett Field. After two days of intense competitive drama, organizers conferred Paul’s Robotics of Worcester, MA, with the first place title, second went […]

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  • October 19, 2009