Nanotechnology in Space Exploration, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2004)

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NNI Publications and Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Aug. 26 2004


Report of an NNI workshop seeking research committee input on the National Nanotechnology research agenda relating to space exploration, held August 24-26, 2004. Used an input for the NNI Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Workshop was jointly sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other member agencies of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.  Key areas discussed included the roles in space initiatives of nanomaterials, nanosensors and instrumentation, microcraft and micro/nano-robotics and the potential for nanotechnology to facilitate astronaut health management.

Nanotechnology Fact

The United States is not the only country to recognize the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative's member agencies have cumulatively spent more than $23 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001. According to a Lux Research estimate released in December 2015, “The U.S. leads in government (state and Federal) nanotechnology funding with $1.72 billion spent in 2013 and $1.67 billion spent in 2014. Europe’s collective spending (European Commission and individual country programs) was $2.45 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.8% from 2012. While some countries, such as the U.S., continue to have centralized government programs to coordinate nanotechnology activities, most countries no longer do. In fact, many countries no longer explicitly fund nanotechnology, although it may be a part of initiatives that are funded under different technology support programs. Because of this change, it is difficult to determine with certainty the level of nanotechnology funding by country or region.”

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