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Space Case

Need a technology partner? NASA might've come up with a thing or two you can use.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's the stuff of entrepreneurial fantasy--NASA scientists take your company under their wing, teach you to make a better product at a lower cost, even help you find customers. It's easier than it sounds. The Space Act of 1958 not only created NASA but also required that the new agency give businesses knowledge of its activities and access to spinoff technologies.

ADMA Products Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, is one of many companies to benefit from NASA's research. A manufacturer of powder metallurgy products, the company was interested in a composite material NASA developed as a lubricant for use in high-temperature applications where traditional lubricants fail.

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