Strategies to Successful Commercialization of Space-Based Technologies 2003-01-2338
This paper discusses the strategy and process used at the University of Florida's Environmental Systems Commercial Space Technology Center to move space-based technologies from a laboratory setting to the commercial market. The technologies relate specifically to environmental systems and biotechnologies used in supporting long-duration space flight. The process focuses on early stage identification of commercial potential and the need to address both technical and business factors related to the development and commercialization of the technology. The strategy involves industry collaboration throughout the development process, which is a key factor to successful commercialization. The process elements include (1) a method for identifying these partners and developing appropriate/flexible collaboration, (2) third party technical and financial assistance to bridge the gaps that may occur during the commercialization process, i.e. technology modification for manufacturing considerations, workforce training, equipment acquisition, etc., and (3) potential sources for assistance and ways to utilize them at the appropriate time.