By Gary Thomas
A 3-day forum will be held between July 20 and 22 by NASA and the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Forum partners in order to discuss novel waste management ideas. While planning human spaceflight missions of a long-term nature to Mars, an asteroid or beyond, it is essential to have clear waste management strategies.
The forum will be held at the Jet Propulsion laboratory of NASA in Pasadena, California and reporters are requested to attend the same by registering in advance.
LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forms part of an initiative of identifying, showcasing and assisting novel approaches to sustainability challenges through several forums. This is the fourth forum in the series.
LAUNCH is an attempt to enable NASA to discover innovative solutions which will assist people outside the agency and help them connect between their lives on earth and how work and life is in space.
LAUNCH emphasizes on speeding-up innovations set for a large-scale impact in enhancing people’s lives in the developing world. Nine international participants will showcase new innovations during the forum, which can address waste management problems on Earth and may be used for solving problems for long-term spaceflight.
USAID, NASA, Nike and the US State Department are the founding partners of LAUNCH. The partners for the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum are IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm, Vestergaard Frandsen, the Office of Naval Research and Architecture for Humanity.
All the partners contributed towards the planning of the forum, selection of innovators and recruitment of participants of other events.