Who is on the federal dole in robotics? Texas?!!
2012/06/13 Leave a comment
I just posted my rankings for federal support of the robotics/unmanned systems industry in each of the three clusters. What was really striking is how if you are in defense robotics, you actually probably don’t want to be in one of the clusters, but in the DC/MD/VA area–no surprise there. However, if you want to win big in space robotics contracting you want to be in Texas. Their space contracts that hit the search term robotic are about equal to everyone else’s robotic and unmanned contracts put together. That’s pretty rich considering who the Great State of Texas send to D.C. and their fondness for research funding.
Off my soapbox, I’m going to call this one for Boston between the clusters. They have done the best at least according to this crude metric, but as I note in my comments on the cluster summary, I would be willing to revise my methodology for comparing government investment if someone can propose a better method. I would be particularly interested in focusing on basic research grants. Comments public or private are welcome.