By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Steering Committee for NASA Technology Roadmaps
NASA's place of work of the executive Technologist (OCT) has started to rebuild the complicated area know-how software within the corporation with plans specified by 14 draft know-how roadmaps. it's been years given that NASA has had a energetic, broad-based application in complicated area expertise improvement and its know-how base has been mostly depleted. although, luck in executing destiny NASA area missions relies on complicated know-how advancements that are supposed to already be underway. attaining out to contain the exterior technical neighborhood, the nationwide study Council (NRC) thought of the 14 draft know-how roadmaps ready via OCT and ranked the head technical demanding situations and optimum precedence applied sciences that NASA may still emphasize within the subsequent five years. This record offers particular suggestions and proposals on how the effectiveness of the know-how improvement software controlled by means of OCT might be more advantageous within the face of scarce resources.
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For example, which mission areas and which missions listed in the relevant roadmap would directly benefit from development of this technology, and what would be the nature of that impact? What other planned or potential missions would benefit? 1. Technology is not directly applicable to NASA. Score: 0 2. Technology will impact one mission in one of NASA’s mission areas. Score: 1 3. Technology will impact multiple missions in one of NASA’s mission areas. Score: 3 4. Technology will impact multiple missions in multiple NASA mission areas.
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