The new Space Technology Center, located in Mountain View, CA at NASA Research Park near the NASA Ames Research Center, opened in February as a consortium of academic, industrial, and government partners. The partnerships will focus on education, workforce development, research, and technology transfer in such fields as energy, information technology, biotechnology, sensors, and wireless communication. Among the courses offered to professional engineers is a graduate-level "Spacecraft Design" course series offered from the Stanford curriculum. For more info, go to http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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