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Getting to the Heart of Silicon Valley Innovation

17 Aug 2016, 12:04 UTC
Getting to the Heart of Silicon Valley Innovation
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After an early morning start, the delegation travelled from the Golden City of San Francisco towards the heart of innovation in Silicon Valley. Considered one of the best ecosystems for start-ups in high-tech industry, it has been key to developing the "new space" sector.Their first stop: NASA Ames Research Center, which lay the foundation for research in the field of aerospace engineering. It has been very much an innovation hub for space startups in Silicon Valley.On their tour of Ames they visited The Aeromechanics Office of the Flight Vehicle Research and Technology, home of a research helicopter called the RASCAL (Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory) – a Blackhawk modified for fly-by-wire control systems research. They also visited Skycorp, a space startup that has been incubated within Ames and seeks to transform the spacecraft industry, utilising orbital assembly process.The delegation were then introduced to Open MCT – a next-generation mission control framework being developed at Ames, in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As an open source tool, Open MCT could be used by space startups as the basis for building applications for planning, operation, and analysis of any systems producing telemetry data.


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