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Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: Space Frontier Foundation on Aug 28, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Executive Summary

• NASA Research Park (NRP) is located on property at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley
– – In 1994 NASA took over ownership of the 1300-acre property of the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field adjacent to the original 500-acre NASA campus NASA has developed the property into the NASA Research Park to create a world-class, shared-use R&D campus for government, academia, non-profits and industry

The NRP brings academia, industry and NASA together into a collaborative and profitable partnership to advance the NASA mission
– – – – – Over 40 industry and 14 university partners onsite 100s of R&D collaborations, and new organizations Proven business management and processes Environmental entitlement completed approx 5 million sf new construction Large-scale leases completed--Google (42 acres 1.2M sf) and University Associates (72 acres 3M sf)

Internal and external reviews indicate that the NRP will have direct programmatic and financial benefits for NASA and the nation
– – – 2003 U.S. Government “Best Innovative Policy” national award National Research Council Review, “new model of industry-government partnerships.” National Academy of Sciences “NRP: a NASA and National Asset” Paper Presentation 2008

Excellent foundation to provide “physical nexus” for entrepreneurial space development

NASA Programmatic Benefits From the NASA Research Park
• R&D: bringing the best new ideas for technology through ongoing longterm onsite partnerships
› with universities --more fundamental new R&D › with over 40+ small companies on-site (need for new products immediately or company fails) and more coming in › with large companies both fundamental R&D and technology insertion/missions

Space Exploration/Science
› Universities-UCSC, CMU, SCU (CREST), Institutes-the Mars Institute › Small companies-focus on space exploration products--examples life sciences, IT, robotics, UAV; nanotechnology, sustainability, fuel cells power › Large companies like Google potential to be major partners in space exploration and commercialization

Entrepreneurial Space/new space economy
› All of the above-an integrated program to pursue NASA mission and policy goals, R&D, space exploration, establishing new space economy › Commercial space--Space Portal---involve universities, companies › Ready source for innovative applied technology to respond to commercial requirements for exploration and science objectives

› Key element of universities on-site encouraging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)---5 different graduate degree programs-all classes taken onsite, SCU CREST-small sat classes › United Negro College Fund (SP) Academy on-site, minority focus with students and faculty

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