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How Small Business Helped NASA Land the Mars Curiosity Rover

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How Small Business Helped NASA Land the Mars Curiosity Rover

By Stephen Morris, SBA Official
Published: September 21, 2012 Updated: September 21, 2012

Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden held a Google+ Hangout with a small business that helped NASA land the Curiosity rover on Mars. Staff from ATA Engineering joined the Hangout to explain their role in the Mars Science Laboratory and how small businesses can expand their markets by working with the Federal government.

ATA Engineering, and many other technical and scientific companies like it, participate in the Small Business Innovation Research program where they receive funding to help the government meet its research and development objectives.

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Stephen Morris

SBA Official

Stephen Morris is online media coordinator for the U.S. Small Business Administration where he manages digital outreach to the small business community.

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This is an interesting way to get information out to the masses. I would love to know if these Google+ Hangouts are popular. I would also love to know where I can find more info on the Small Business Innovation Research program.
"ATA Engineering, and many other technical and scientific companies like it, participate in the Small Business Innovation Research program where they receive funding to help the government meet its research and development objectives." - Good ideas, and good brains are everywhere. And small companies are full of very capable brains. They have to be way more flexible too (doing all sort of tasks).
Interesting hangout. I must say I enjoy the use of Google+ Hangouts on this website. The SBA and NASA who would've thought.

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