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Company Overview of National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Company Overview

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a U.S. government agency that researches, develops, conducts, and tests civilian and military aerospace systems, satellites, and space probes for space exploration, research, technology, and peaceful purposes. NASA’s projects and missions include moon landings, the orbiting Skylab space station, the Voyager 2 mission, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the manned space shuttle Columbia of 1981. National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia. It has additional centers and field facilities in Moffett Field, Pasadena, and Edwards, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Green...

300 East Street S.W.

Washington, DC 20546-0001

United States

Founded in 1958





Key Executives for National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Acting Administrator
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Education Officer
Deputy Chief of Staff
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Key Developments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Techshot Inc., and Tupperware Brands Corporation Team Up to Improve Plant Growth Aboard the International Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Techshot Inc., and Tupperware Brands Corporation (Tupperware) are jointly developing an improved system for growing plants aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Tupperware and Techshot Inc. partnered to further develop the concept and manufacture spaceflight-qualified PONDS plant growth units for use aboard the ISS in the year 2018. Tupperware is applying its deep knowledge and longstanding success of design for manufacturability, injection molding, and food-safe construction materials to yield a system that utilizes capillary forces and unusual geometries to replace gravity. The result is a product that is expected to provide plants grown in space with a near functionally-equivalent growing environment to their terrestrial counterparts. Techshot is assisting with requirements for management, safety, verification and integration tasks. It also is providing Tupperware designers with access to subject matter experts in areas such as low-gravity fluidics. Up to six of the new units can be installed in Veggie at one time. Like the plant pillows they will replace, the PONDS devices are envisioned to be single use items, which will be discarded after the plants are grown and harvested on orbit. Initial units are expected to launch to the station in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 aboard two successive flights of commercial uncrewed SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft.

NASA Debuts Automated System to Streamline Technology Patent Licensing

NASA has developed a new system to streamline the way the agency licenses its technology patents, making the transfer of NASA-patented innovations to industry easier than ever before. The Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS) provides prospective licensees a streamlined, centralized online tool for applying for any one of the more than 1,400 innovations NASA currently has available for licensing. Through the licensing of NASA patents, many technologies originating in America's space program make their way into the commercial marketplace every year. In order to meet the rigorous demands of mission requirements, NASA always has operated at the forefront of technology development. Some of the tools the agency has used, or is using, to explore space or help reveal the mysteries of the universe are available to applicants to commercialize, solve a unique design challenge, or even start a new company. NASA's patent portfolio is searchable and offers technologies in fields that range from aeronautics and propulsion to electronics, materials, sensors, instrumentation, and a broad array of other disciplines. ATLAS guides the applicant through every step of the licensing application process, gathers basic information about the company, business goals, and potential target markets. The system will email notifications to the applicant with updates about the application status and any required actions.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Presents at RiskMinds Americas 2017, Jun-29-2017 11:45 AM

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Presents at RiskMinds Americas 2017, Jun-29-2017 11:45 AM. Venue: Miami, Florida, United States. Speakers: Jeevan Perera, Senior Engineer.

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