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NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company’s Space Strategy Can Work
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kstaron
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5/22/2015 | 6:08:15 PM
The next frontier
It's exciting to see several big companies making research in space. With all the great products that came out of trying to get to the moon, with corporate backing and innovation I still have hope of seeing someone get to Mars in my lifetime.
Brian.Dean
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5/12/2015 | 8:58:31 PM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
@David, the complimentary nature of the two companies is definitely amazing. Another possible outcome from the two companies is that of supersonic electric airplanes, Mask is on record for saying "between the two companies.... the ingredient is present."
David Wagner
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5/12/2015 | 8:42:17 PM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
@brian.dean- Yeah, probably both, but it is amazing how Musk has purposely built companies with complimentary needs that don't seem obviously related. 

NASA, by the way, has just asked for a round of ideas that they hope to fund for ideas to survive on MARS so clearly the eyes of space are turning toward MArs again.
Brian.Dean
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5/12/2015 | 8:22:41 PM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
@David, you mentioned some great technologies. Maybe, our current generation can think about retiring on Mars, thanks to the current research. Between, battery technology, processors (to optimize energy production) and something to eat (peanut butter) -- the goal of retiring on Mars might be attainable. No wonder, Elon Musk is into Tesla and SpaceX and is also talking about retiring on Mars.

Now I am beginning to think that the Powerwall might be more of a result due to SpaceX rather than, Tesla.    
Gary_EL
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5/11/2015 | 3:15:37 PM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
What I'd really like to see is the further development of rail guns. With this technology, the cost of sending cargo into space would plummet by orders of magnitude, although only items and materials that could survive truly massive G-forces could be sent. There's all the sunlight you need in space, so if water, seeds and soil were sent up, we all might be able to taste our first space-grown grains!
David Wagner
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5/11/2015 | 2:50:39 PM
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@Gary_EL- Probably true. But I'd also say that we're still looking at the "big ticket" stuff. We need to adjust our thinking. There's no reason why everything that goes into space has to be a "one giant leap for mankind" moment. At some point, this is going to beconme routine enough that smaller, less huge projects will make total sense. I think CASIS and the ISS are showing that time is now, or at least soon.
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5/11/2015 | 2:45:57 PM
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I believe that the biggest problem is that we are looking for paybacks NOW. The state of the art is just not far enough along yet for anyone to expect to get back $1.01 for $1.00 invested, and days that

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

are long since over.
David Wagner
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5/11/2015 | 1:25:08 PM
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@Brian.dean- I definitely think battery technology has seen major benefit from space research. The batteries used on Mars rovers among other places are among the most sophisticated and relaible in the world. I've been told the next generaiton of processors is likely to be made because of experiments done with materials in space. And there's that whole peanute butter thing. :)
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5/11/2015 | 2:26:07 AM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
@David, you are absolutely correct. I can't pin-point the exact technology/technologies and benefits that will come about due to space research but, I have a good analogy that can illustrate the magnitude of a development that could be discovered in space.

Imagine, intelligences evolved and lived in the oceans, without venturing onto land (dry land -- a harsh and expensive environment for any water dwelling civilization), electricity might never be discovered in water and fire will never be discovered. But, if land R&D budgets are allocated and deployed then, electricity and fire could be discovered on land to be used underwater.

Maybe, battery technology could be researched in space.  
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5/10/2015 | 9:52:35 PM
Re: NASA, CASIS Show How Your Company's Space Strategy Can Work
@David I think you're right about that being an even bigger area in terms of market. And there is quite a precedent for that. See http://kearth101.cbslocal.com/2011/07/21/list-stuff-we-use-everyday-that-was-invented-from-the-space-program/ for quite a number of everyday products that we owe to space.
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