The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)—a NASA-funded cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas—operates as a free service to help small businesses receive technical assistance. The program functions with an Alliance group of 30 space industries, universities, colleges, and NASA centers. Small businesses are allowed up to 40 hours of free technical assistance, which may include process engineering, machine design, materials selection, etc. Among the Space Alliance Partners are platinum-level participants Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company. Go to www.spacetechsolutions.com/requestor/prequalify.asp to request SATOP technical assistance.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.