The Space Pen Myth

The Space Pen Myth

Government missions actually work best in areas of high uncertainty, such as space. Failures not only get spread throughout society, where they can be absorbed without shock to a particular sector or system; those “failures” often turn into business successes. The seeming wastefulness of NASA got encapsulated in an urban legend about the so-called space pen. 

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Another NASA Spinoff: Engineers

Another NASA Spinoff: Engineers

Back in the Eighties, NASA software engineer Craig Collier wrote software at the Langley Research Center to help design a hypersonic spaceplane. While the plane itself never got off the ground, the software did, through the private Collier Research Corporation. Collier perfected his code, called HyperSizer, which allows engineers to model weight and load requirements for various vehicle designs.

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