Chief Technologist Visits Colorado
NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun visited Colorado last week, meeting with state officials, industry leaders and university faculty and students. During his trip, Braun met with Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) officials and more than 40 small business leaders at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, toured Lockheed-Martin's facility in Littleton, Sierra Nevada's facility in Louisville, and Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation headquarters in Boulder. Braun also met with faculty and delivered a lecture to students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, talking about NASA's grand challenges and the importance of technology and innovation for future space exploration.
Braun and Colorado Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia met on April 25 to discuss the status of a Colorado technology acceleration park project being spearheaded by CAMT and NASA's plan to support the effort with a NASA Innovation Ambassador. The two also discussed the critical need for more teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Braun also met with Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer and discussed the Colorado technology acceleration park and the large number of small businesses in Colorado interested in partnering with NASA.
The Chief Technologist fielded questions from more than 40 small business leaders during a Technology Innovation Exchange at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. Hosted by NREL and CAMT, the exchange offered a chance for local small and mid-sized business leaders to ask questions about NASA's technology transfer and small business innovative research and technology programs.
At the K.D. Wood Colloquium at the University of Colorado at Boulder on April 27, Braun spoke to more than 100 students about the critical importance of space technology for future exploration and science missions. Braun also toured the Mission Control Center at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Student researchers discussed new technologies projects underway at LASP. The lab focuses on the study of Earth’s atmosphere, the sun, and the solar system.
Throughout this trip, Braun met with Colorado business leaders, including those developing technology for future NASA science and exploration missions. Visits at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Ball Aerospace and Sierra Nevada focused on small spacecraft, advanced sensor technologies, space propulsion and the advancements required for future human exploration systems.