Dr. Robert D. (Bobby) Braun was appointed NASA Chief Technologist in February 2010. As lead of the Game-Changing Technology Development Program, his charge is to develop radically new approaches to NASA’s future space missions and to the nation’s significant aerospace portfolio.
Where other development activities seek the steady and deliberate evolution of system and mission capabilities, Dr. Braun’s focus is on technological innovation; his mission is to create devices and opportunities that have to date only been imagined. The only way we can accomplish these far-reaching goals, says Dr. Braun, is to invest today in groundbreaking technologies — propulsion systems, lightweight structures, inflatable habitats and radiation protection. Dr. Braun lectures in Hampton, Va. this past month.