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Space: the Final (Nanotech) Frontier

from the turning-space-into-a-place dept.
Senior Associate TomMcKendree is the only one we know working on a PhD in nanotechnology for space applications. He spoke at an internal NASA planning conference, "Turning Goals into Reality": I put together a new presentation, based on NASA's technical goals, my work on MNT and space, and lifting heavily from JoSH's aircar study, since a majority of their technical goals related to aircraft. The charts are available at link …A partial transcript is at link "Read More" for the full story. TomMcKendree writes "Last month I was invited at the last moment to give a talk at NASA's "Turning Goals Into Reality Conference." This was their (second) annual internal conference, addressing progress in technology research over the last year, and NASA research goals for the future.

I put together a new presentation, based on NASA's technical goals, my work on MNT and space, and lifting heavily from JoSH's aircar study, since a majority of their technical goals related to aircraft. The charts are available at link but the translation to .pdf has messed-up some of the figures. A partial transcript of my words are at link The talk seemed to go well. A number of people talked to me afterwards. Several other speakers referred back to the talk. In a long discussion with Dr. Bilbro, who is interested in optics, we actually got beyond "nanotechnology is very cool" and "here is what it would mean for your area" down to discussion of what actually has to be done to make molecular manufacturing work. I expect to reprise this talk for the LA Nanotechnology Study Group, but the date is unclear. "

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