09 Nov '11, 6pm

Obama May Create High Tech Tool-Lending Library at NASA

Obama May Create High Tech Tool-Lending Library at NASA

As one might imagine, NASA employees utilize some serious high tech gadgetry. And as it stands right now, every time an engineer needs a microprocessor-controlled power tool or space-proof half-ratcheting torque wrenches for a specific project, they put in an order for a new one. That ends up creating a decent amount of redundancy, with different subagencies ordering the same high-tech parts, or failing to find suitable used ones. So, one NASA employee has a bright idea -- start the most futuristic tool-lending library the world has ever seen. Matthew Ritsko, a NASA employee from Maryland has put the scheme forward as a cost-saving measure, as part of the Obama administration's SAVE initiative , which asks government employees to submit ideas for paring down federal expenditures. Here's Ritsko's full proposal : At Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA employees purchase specia...

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