Innovation Competition NASA - LAUNCH Systems Challenge, Pasadena/Califonia
For the first time ever, a German enterprise has been awarded with the LAUNCH Innovation Challenge of NASA.
As one of the most important research organisations, NASA is not only predestined for astronautics, but is also engaged in the development of lasting material systems. The LAUNCH competition was organised by NASA, Nike, USAID and the US Department of State. The eco-effectively produced BARKTEX® bio-materials and their production processes were recognised as one of the top 10 forward-looking material innovations worldwide.
An affront to the German R&D scene : Never before were German innovations awarded with a LAUNCH prize. Bark Cloth prevails here as an underdog with a relatively low research budget, which is not considered seriously enough in the german bio-material, wood and textile research in the presumption that artisan manufacturing in decentralised structures can not succeed in industrially interesting magnitudes.
LAUNCH shows: Craft manufacture for the industry is viable for the future. The buzzwords are postal-industrial production, urban manufacturing, intelligent low tech, individuality and authenticity, back to the roots.
Download: Press release Research and Development
Download: Press release Design and Architecture
Informationen: Web page of LAUNCH Systems Challenge
Informationen: Report of NASA
Informationen: Report of Nike
Kooperationspartner: Bio-material cluster of the University North Texas, Institute of crop science of Makerere university, Leslie Robertson, Rombaut