Could NASA be looking for funding to gear up for a trip to Mars?
Public interest in manned missions to Mars has been a fantasy for decades and is slowly becoming a reality.
Riding the wave of enthusiasm, NASA has tentative plans for missions to Mars and the asteroid belt. But with the government’s $18 trillion pile-up of debt, how will it be paid for? Perhaps by licensing the right to use technology developed by NASA to energetic new companies.
David Miller, NASA’s chief technologist, says:
“The Startup NASA initiative leverages the results of our cutting-edge research and development so entrepreneurs can take that research — and some risks — to create new products and new services.”
The main goal of NASA technology licensing is to propel the technology developed over decades of space flight and from experiments aboard the Space Station into usable products that can improve the lot of mankind. It also may help create a lot of jobs.
Since the days of the Apollo program, moon landers and Tang, it has been known that the government’s research of ways to reach space can be turned into useful everyday items. Even nuclear energy started with a bomb. So, what can the private sector do with rocket science?
That’s what NASA wants to find out.