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Space Apps: Lessons in Global Innovation

1 Jun 2012, 14:42 UTC
Space Apps: Lessons in Global Innovation
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“If you put that data out to a diverse community, it enables [NASA] to have numerous and distributed backup teams around the world digging into the data, figuring out what sort of valuable information can come from it and what can be done with it."

Haley Stephenson’s excellent article first appeared in Volume 5, Issue 5 of NASA’s ASK the Academy, found here. You can contact Haley directly here.
Lessons from a global innovation event may inspire new ways to solve project-based challenges concurrently.
When Paul MacCready decided to contend for the 1959 Kremer Prize, which would reward the first person to fly a human-powered plane across the English Channel, he had an insight about how to approach the engineering challenge: fail fast. Instead of taking months or years to build and test a specific design, MacCready took hours or maybe days by using materials that would allow him to rebuild a failed plane quickly. MacCready and his Gossamer Condor aircraft won the prize because he was able to innovate within a fraction of the time of his competitors—iterating design modifications, gaining new knowledge, and learning from failure faster than the rest.
Decades later, on the morning of April ...

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