Success Stories: Reports

Space, Gravity and the Physiology of Aging: Parallel or Convergent Disciplines?

Vernikos and Schneider are space life scientists who have conducted research for years within NASA on the similarities and intriguing differences between the rapid aging effects seen during the gravity deficit experienced in spaceflight, in best rest which simulates some of these changes on Earth by minimizing gravity effects, and within the aging process as we grow older and tend to be much less active.  They conclude that the research in these areas is actually converging to the benefit of better understanding of the critical role of gravity in keeping us fit and active.  They prepared this short review article for a journal titled, "Gerontology", but it is accessible to all interested readers.  There are potential commercial applications to utilizing this knowledge to allow us to experience "active aging" and lead a more vital life. 

NASA Chief Onboard with Commercial Spaceflight, Suborbital Science & Innovation Prizes

Bolden says NASA must leverage the power and innovation of American industry and the American entrepreneur as it is tasked to do. 

Fifty Years and Beyond | NASA Headquarters

This is an excellent short (20 page) profile of NASA and some of its people in 2008 on its 50th birthday.   Written by key staff in the NASA History Office it will be of interest to NASA veterans as well as the general public. 

American Perception of Space Exploration | CCSA

This is a very useful report by the Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis (CCSA) that places the public view of the value of space exploration within the context of a national vision for the future. One conclusion is that "NASA does not have a branding problem; it has a communications problem, in that people do not understand the connection between the NASA brand and its current activities." Since space commerce is closely associated with NASA's brand, the conclusions reached are important for branding the emerging commercial space market and the potential value to its stakeholders. .

NASA ARC Wins Funding for Innovative Technology Partnerships

“NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration calls for robots and humans to return to the moon, Mars and beyond. And NASA Ames’ innovative partnerships with industry and academia will ensure cost-effective development of the breakthrough technologies needed. Responding to a call from the NASA Headquarters’ Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP), Ames and its collaborators recently submitted eight proposals for seed fund consideration. On the basis of technical merit, feasibility and leveraging of internal and external resources, Ames’ proposals were selected for award in four technically diverse areas encompassing the Science, Exploration Systems, Space Operations and Aeronautics mission directorates.” These projects are all public-private partnerships between government (NASA), academia and industry.

Taking Wing: Liftoff for public space travel

“How do you form a business around a hoped-for hunger by the public to fly to the edge of space?” David provides an insider’s view of how Virgin Galactic has teamed with Scaled Composites to make commercial spaceflight a viable business. A Feb ’09 update on this steadily progessing business endeavor.

The Lurio Report (Dec '08)

“News Analysis of the ‘NewSpace’ enterprise by a subject matter expert. In this free issue he covers highlights for 2008.”

International Space Station National Laboratory Workshop | SpaceRef - Space News as it Happens

On March 31, 2006, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) held its first in a series of 2006 Congressional forums on the Hill to help educate Congress on important aerospace issues facing the industry today. The Forum focused on the rapidly diminishing federal funding for space life science research within NASA and options forrestoring and sustaining this essential National capability.

The Forum facilitated an open dialogue between industry, academia, Congress and the Administration on life science research issues facing the U.S. and the need for action to ensure future competitiveness in a widening international space life science community. Panelists discussed the precarious state of this research and its criticality to successfully meeting President Bush’s challenge to NASA to conduct a human mission to the Moon by 2018 as a precursor to a subsequent years long mission to Mars.

NASA Spinoffs 2008

Spinoffs is an annual NASA publication to educate the public on the benefits of NASA R&D and the potential and actual applications that result from technology commercialization and use in the public sector.