CAMT–NASA Space Act Agreement

The five-year CAMT–NASA Space Act Agreement, signed in December of 2010, established a public-private partnership between NASA and the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) designed to increase and speed-up tech transfer between NASA and Colorado companies. The Space Act Agreement streamlines access to existing NASA resources and technologies, facilitates R&D & supplier partnerships, and helps companies bridge “the valley of death” to commercialization and manufacturing scale-up that often stops new product development and introduction in its tracks. 

As part of the CAMT-NASA Space Act Agreement, a technology transfer and licensing expert from the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Joni Richards, is partnering with CAMT to help Colorado companies identify NASA technologies, facilitate connections, and accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of a new generation of products based on space-related innovations.  Richards, a NASA civil servant, has worked for years with the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and is an expert in SBIR-related technology transfer to private industry. 

The Details of the Space Act Agreement:

NASA Contribution:

  • Identify Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program and other companies that can benefit from CAMT assistance.
  • Facilitate an "InnoTech" Forum once a year to generate ideas for technologies available and technologies needed by this regional Aerospace and Energy Cluster.
  • Offer "TechFusion" Forums to interested large businesses in Colorado to facilitate commercial development of NASA-funded SBIR/STTR technologies.
  • Provide access to NASA technologies that are available for licensing through web access, RSS feeds, and by offering CAMT partners subscriptions to NASA TechBriefs for the duration of the pilot initiative.
  • Provide CAMT with a NASA Regional Innovation Ambassador, to assure direct links to NASA and its available resources.
  • Provide CAMT with NASA's Technology Roadmaps in Year 2 or when they are complete to assist companies in identifying emerging opportunities generated by NASA's need for core technologies.

CAMT Contribution:

  • Provide technical assistance to SBIR/STTR companies to identify gaps in commercialization, e.g., manufacturability and distribution· Identify opportunities for collaboration among aerospace and energy technology companies and existing manufacturers to reduce the need for increased capital and accelerate time to market.
  • Identify and aggregate the needs of the aerospace and energy cluster to prioritize technology required to advance industry, advance the NASA mission, promote sustainable manufacturing, and reduce the carbon footprints, as appropriate.
  • Provide research on global markets to encourage aerospace and energy companies to explore partnership and export opportunities.
  • Develop a map of current assets (suppliers and other key resources) and communicate opportunities to promote aerospace and energy-related suppliers and supplier services within the state.
  • Provide scouting services to companies looking for technologies or innovations.
  • Assist NASA in helping companies bridge the "valley of death" to successfully enter the commercial marketplace.
  • Convene stakeholders in common collaboration space to accelerate commercialization.
  • Provide a comprehensive network of consultants, contract engineering, testing, certification companies to aid in the technical and business details of commercialization and manufacturing scale-up.