Aeronautics Innovation: NASA's Challenges and Opportunities

Aeronautics Innovation: NASA's Challenges and Opportunities

by Stephen A. Merrill, Committee on Innovation Models for Aeronautics Technologies, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309101883

ISBN-13: 9780309101882

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: National Academies Press

NASA is a global leader in aeronautics research and development â€" fostering advances in aviation safety and emissions, propulsion technology, and many other areas. And the agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) has played a vital role in the U.S. aeronautics industry. In recent years, the directorate's leaders and experts outside the

Overview

NASA is a global leader in aeronautics research and development â€" fostering advances in aviation safety and emissions, propulsion technology, and many other areas. And the agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) has played a vital role in the U.S. aeronautics industry. In recent years, the directorate's leaders and experts outside the agency have sought ways to speed innovative uses of ARMD's research results. But the directorate faces management challenges that make it difficult for such applications to succeed â€" or to occur at all. This report from the National Academies' National Research Council, offers the agency guidance on how to manage the transfer of technology to external users, as well as implement flexible personnel and financial-management practices. The report also points out problems that stem from a lack of agreement on ARMD's future direction and several years of federal budget cuts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309101882
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

SUMMARY....................1
1 National Aviation Needs and the Federal Role....................9
Private-Sector Perspective....................9
Technical Requirements....................13
The Federal Government's Role in Technology....................15
Resources and National Policy....................24
Program Focus and Prioritization....................28
2 Innovation Facilitators and Accelerators for Aeronautics....................41
Portfolio Approach and Coherent Alignment with Mission and Customers....................43
Management for Technology Transition....................52
Flexible Human Resource Practices and Incentives for Creativity....................63
Financial Management to Minimize the Disruptive Effects of External Demands....................68
Organization of NASA Aeronautics R&D....................76
APPENDIXES A Public Workshop Agendas....................81
B Biographies of Committee Members and Staff....................85

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