WHAT IS THE CANEUS ORGANIZATION?
CANEUS is a non-profit organization that
caters primarily to the needs of the aerospace community by
fostering the coordinated, international development of Micro-Nano-Technology
(MNT) for aerospace applications. As a "hands on"
organization, CANEUS is focused on the practical aspects of
transitioning MNT rapidly and efficiently into aerospace systems.
To achieve this goal, CANEUS brings together a network of MNT
developers, aerospace end-users, governmental policy makers,
and investors from across Canada, Europe, the United States,
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WHAT IS THE CANEUS 2004 CONFERENCE?
The CANEUS 2004 Conference and Workshop is
the world's premier international forum devoted to MNT development
for aerospace applications. The CANEUS organization and the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), in
partnership with the Centre for Large Space Structures and Systems
(CLS3) and NASA, are creating the CANEUS 2004 conference to
facilitate the transitioning of aerospace MNT from a mostly
low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) stage to system-level implementations.
International partnerships aimed at creating MNT-based aerospace
products will be established.
The CANEUS Organization has developed three
main strategies to meet its goal of rapid development and commercialization
of MNT-based aerospace systems and to overcome widespread impediments.
The CANEUS 2004 Conference is a major initiative that will implement
these strategies. Following are the strategies and tactics as
outlined by the CANEUS Organization:
optimum use of complementary knowledge, skills and technologies.
The most effective high-level aerospace
systems of the future will be those that can combine complementary,
"best-of-breed," basic technologies and that draw on
the most relevant expertise, wherever that expertise can be found.
It may be, in some cases, that the best MNT are to be found in
different labs in different countries. Working in isolation, however,
is now the rule; international collaboration is the exception.
Few real-world examples exist of beneficial international collaboration
in MNT at the system level. Although many may recognize the opportunity,
no one has created a way to seize it.
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for end-to-end financing for international projects while finding
"work-arounds" that overcome restrictive regulations.
If a group of international researchers
decide to work together on an MNT project leading to a high-level
aerospace system, there is now no straightforward way to arrange
for project funding. Moreover, some governments have established
regulations that create legal obstacles to international projects
that are difficult to overcome.
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