In April 2012 I wrote an op-ed for Space News on “The NACA Model for Technology Transfer.” I also emphasized it on this blog last year as well. Check that out here. I Am re-directing readers to it now because I keep seeing comments from various people, as well as in the media, that the future of NASA should be more oriented toward aerospace research as was the case with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), NASA’s Immediate predecessor. The real question is, what does that mean; everyone seemingly has their own definition and there is little overlap between meanings from one person to another. I tried to lay out in this article what it meant for the NACA; if that is truly the consensus of what the future direction of NASA should be so be it. But I don’t see a consensus in the debate on this issue at present. Regardless, I offer this as a statement of the NACA model for technology transfer.
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