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Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts

Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (Paperback)

By Committee to Review the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
By Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Research Council, National

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The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was formed in 1998 to provide an independent source of advanced aeronautical and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions. Until the program's termination in August 2007, NIAC provide... read full description below.

ISBN 9780309140515
Published 15 October 2009 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780309140515
ISBN-10 030914051X
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint National Academies Press
Publication Date 15 October 2009
International Publication Date 21 October 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Committee to Review the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
By Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Research Council, National
Category Space Science
Number of Pages 90
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 280mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronautics - Forecasting, NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, Aerospace engineering - Forecasting
NBS Text Other Specific Technologies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 629.40973
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was formed in 1998 to provide an independent source of advanced aeronautical and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions. Until the program's termination in August 2007, NIAC provided an independent open forum, a high-level point of entry to NASA for an external community of innovators, and an external capability for analysis and definition of advanced aeronautics and space concepts to complement the advanced concept activities conducted within NASA. Throughout its 9-year existence, NIAC inspired an atmosphere for innovation that stretched the imagination and encouraged creativity. As requested by Congress, this volume reviews the effectiveness of NIAC and makes recommendations concerning the importance of such a program to NASA and to the nation as a whole, including the proper role of NASA and the federal government in fostering scientific innovation and creativity and in developing advanced concepts for future systems. Key findings and recommendations include that in order to achieve its mission, NASA must have, and is currently lacking, a mechanism to investigate visionary, far-reaching advanced concepts. Therefore, a NIAC-like entity should be reestablished to fill this gap.

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