Innovation http://aviationweek.com/taxonomy/term/7734/more en NASA Using Online Competitions To Address Difficult Problems http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-using-online-competitions-address-difficult-problems <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Whether it's an algorithm or an idea, online challenges are helping NASA find answers</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div class="body"><p>Solving a problem for NASA carries a cachet that ensures there is a strong response whenever the space agency posts a challenge to any of the online communities it uses to crowd-source new ideas. </p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-using-online-competitions-address-difficult-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-using-online-competitions-address-difficult-problems#comments AWC AWIN Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Space AWC AWIN Business Aviation Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Commercial Aviation Innovation North America Space Space North America photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 44781 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Prize Concept Boosts Space Enterprise http://aviationweek.com/awin/prize-concept-boosts-space-enterprise <div class="field-byline"> Guy Norris (Los Angeles) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Entrepreneurial space ventures born from X Prize are about to bear fruit</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Entrepreneurial space ventures born from X Prize are about to bear fruit</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/prize-concept-boosts-space-enterprise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/prize-concept-boosts-space-enterprise#comments AWC AWIN Space AWC AWIN Global Innovation Space Space Global illustration photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 44672 at http://aviationweek.com Guy Norris/AW&ST and (inset) Library of COngress Human-Powered Helo Teams Near AHS Sikorsky Prize http://aviationweek.com/awin/human-powered-helo-teams-near-ahs-sikorsky-prize <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Long-running aviation competition reaches a climax</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div class="body"><p>Size can matter when it comes to prizes and, for one of last remaining competitions for human endeavor in flight, a significant boost in the purse has spurred a neck-and-neck race for the finish line. </p> <p>By the time these words are read, one of the longest-standing prizes in aviation could have been won, with two teams vying for the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International's $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for a human-powered helicopter. </p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/human-powered-helo-teams-near-ahs-sikorsky-prize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/human-powered-helo-teams-near-ahs-sikorsky-prize#comments AWC AWIN Business Aviation Space AWC AWIN Business Aviation Business Aviation Innovation North America Space Space North America photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 44665 at http://aviationweek.com AHS International Government, Industry Look To Prizes To Spur Innovation http://aviationweek.com/awin/government-industry-look-prizes-spur-innovation <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Are incentive challenges a cost-efficient way to drive innovation in aerospace and defense?</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">From NASA to DARPA, an old practice spurs new ideas</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/government-industry-look-prizes-spur-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/government-industry-look-prizes-spur-innovation#comments AWC AWIN AWIN Featured Story Commercial Aviation Defense Space AWC AWIN AWIN Featured Story Commercial Aviation Commercial Aviation Defense Defense Europe Global Innovation North America Space Space Europe Global North America photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 44008 at http://aviationweek.com Library of Congress Lunar Hopefuls Regroup For Google Lunar X Prize http://aviationweek.com/awin/lunar-hopefuls-regroup-google-lunar-x-prize <div class="field-byline"> Guy Norris (Los Angeles) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Multimillion-dollar purse provides incentives for robotic space-exploration efforts</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Power beaming system conceived as a way to drive a space elevator in a NASA competition.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/lunar-hopefuls-regroup-google-lunar-x-prize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/lunar-hopefuls-regroup-google-lunar-x-prize#comments AWC AWIN Space AWC AWIN Global Innovation Space Space Global illustration photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 43869 at http://aviationweek.com Astrobotic Technology Challenge Winners Are Not Guaranteed Business Success http://aviationweek.com/awin/challenge-winners-are-not-guaranteed-business-success <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Winning a competition is not necessarily a shortcut to commercial success</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Is there life after the prize?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/challenge-winners-are-not-guaranteed-business-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/challenge-winners-are-not-guaranteed-business-success#comments AWC AWIN Business Aviation Defense Space AWC AWIN Business Aviation Business Aviation Defense Defense Europe Innovation North America Space Space Europe North America photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 43516 at http://aviationweek.com NASA NASA Touts Successes Of Centennial Challenges http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-touts-successes-centennial-challenges <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Competitive demonstrations are providing valuable returns for modest outlays</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Competitive demonstrations are providing valuable returns for modest outlays</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-touts-successes-centennial-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/nasa-touts-successes-centennial-challenges#comments AWC AWIN Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Space AWC AWIN Business Aviation Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Commercial Aviation Innovation North America Space Space North America photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 43484 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Industry Using Prize Challenges To Stimulate Innovation http://aviationweek.com/awin/industry-using-prize-challenges-stimulate-innovation <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Industry sees prize challenges spurring innovation by attracting diverse ideas</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div class="body"><p>As budgets are cut and margins squeezed, and business becomes more competitive, industry is turning to challenges to seek diverse views on difficult problems. And the prize, for the companies, can be ideas, talent or visibility in key markets. </p> <p>“Diversity of thought is key to innovation,” says Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer. “The more different views you get on a problem, the more you can facilitate a culture of innovation.” </p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/industry-using-prize-challenges-stimulate-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/industry-using-prize-challenges-stimulate-innovation#comments AWC AWIN Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Defense Space AWC AWIN Business Aviation Business Aviation Commercial Aviation Commercial Aviation Defense Defense Global Innovation Space Space Global illustration photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 42834 at http://aviationweek.com Pankl Aerospace Darpa Challenges Aim To Tap Broad Ideas Pool http://aviationweek.com/awin/darpa-challenges-aim-tap-broad-ideas-pool <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick (Washington) </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Darpa challenges draw ideas from nontraditional sources</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div class="body"><p>From locating balloons to re-assembling documents, from crowd-designed vehicles to disaster-response robots, researchers are using challenges to draw ideas from those who would never normally do business with the Pentagon. </p></div></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/darpa-challenges-aim-tap-broad-ideas-pool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/darpa-challenges-aim-tap-broad-ideas-pool#comments AWC AWIN Defense Space AWC AWIN Defense Defense Global Innovation Space Space Global photograph Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 42772 at http://aviationweek.com Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency With DuPont Backing, Nanocomp Scales Up CNT Materials http://aviationweek.com/awin/dupont-backing-nanocomp-scales-cnt-materials <div class="field-byline"> Graham Warwick </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Working with both primes and their suppliers pays off for nanomaterials developer</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Millimeter-long carbon nanotubes fund use in lightweight, conductive sheets, tapes and wires for aerospace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/awin/dupont-backing-nanocomp-scales-cnt-materials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/awin/dupont-backing-nanocomp-scales-cnt-materials#comments AWC AWIN Defense Space AWC AWIN Defense Defense Innovation North America Space Space North America photograph Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:00:00 +0000 27329 at http://aviationweek.com Nanocomp technologies photos