The proceedings are presented here of a conference which was convened to: assess the results of technology transfer in six different public-sector service areas, review the primary barriers which are currently impeding the aerospace technology transfer process, identify appropriate courses of action, both by private sector and by all levels of government, to enhance public-sector utilization of aerospace technology in six technology areas, and generate information materials on technology transfer for wide dissemination to the pertinent publics. The conference found that the most successful mechanism for transferring advanced technology to public sector users is extensive and intensive person-to-person communications. A major impediment to effective technology transfer is the lack of adequate funds to carry out the necessary educational and impact evaluation processes which precede implementation. Despite the inadequacies of the process, there have been a number of outstandingly successful instances of aerospace technology transfer to the public sector, primarily as a result of NASA's longstanding technology utilization program. On the whole, however, technology transfer has been fragmented and insufficiently funded. It is recognized that technology can be transferred to the public sector from government laboratories via private-sector businesses, large and small, often more efficiently than via state and local government agencies. This conference addressed technology transfer in 6 areas: communications, public safety, housing and urban construction, health natural resource planning and management and transportation. Specific suggestions for consideration in the National Policy on Technology Transfer are proposed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the AIAA/NASA Conference, Stouffer's Hotal, Crystal City, Virginia, November 9-11, 1977. Sponsored by National Aeronautics and Space Administration Contract No. NASW-3101
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Publication Date: 1978-6-15

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 62 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184748
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM