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Title    25 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Selected for 2018
Date    Monday April 02 2018, @04:05PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the bright-ideas dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/04/02/0644220

takyon writes:

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is funding another round of studies of space technology concepts, including shapeshifting robots that can adapt to multiple terrains, a small rover that can carry the bulky life equipment that an astronaut would normally carry on their back, a combined particle and laser beam for accelerating small payloads, space habitats constructed using fungal mycelium, a modular self-assembling space telescope with a large aperture, and a radioisotope positron propulsion system.

Some of the Phase 2 concepts that were selected for further study include a space telescope with a 1 kilometer aperture, a Triton "hopper", a harvester that can manufacture propellant from ice in order to launch a sample return, and a Mach Effect thruster.

Several of the proposals mention the goal of getting a space telescope to at least 548.7 AU away from the Sun to perform astronomy using the Sun as a gravitational lens. For example, the Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions could get a payload out to 550 AU in 15 years, although it would require a multi-hundred-megawatt phased-array laser.

Projects in Phase 1:

Shapeshifters from Science Fiction to Science Fact: Globetrotting from Titan's Rugged Cliffs to its Deep Seafloors
Aliakbar Aghamohammadi, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California

Biobot: Innovative Offloading of Astronauts for More Effective Exploration
David Akin, University of Maryland, College Park

Lofted Environmental and Atmospheric Venus Sensors (LEAVES)
Jeffrey Balcerski, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland

Meteoroid Impact Detection for Exploration of Asteroids (MIDEA)
Sigrid Close, Stanford University, California

On-Orbit, Collision-Free Mapping of Small Orbital Debris
Christine Hartzell, University of Maryland, College Park

Marsbee – Swarm of Flapping Wing Flyers for Enhanced Mars Exploration
Chang-kwon Kang, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Rotary Motion Extended Array Synthesis (R-MXAS)
John Kendra, Leidos, Inc., Reston, Virginia

PROCSIMA: Diffractionless Beamed Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions
Chris Limbach, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, College Station

SPARROW: Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds
Gareth Meirion-Griffith, JPL

BALLET: Balloon Locomotion for Extreme Terrain
Hari Nayar, JPL

Myco-Architecture off Planet: Growing Surface Structures at Destination
Lynn Rothscild, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms
Dmitry Savransky, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Astrophysics and Technical Study of a Solar Neutrino Spacecraft
Nickolas Solomey, Wichita State University, Kansas

Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft
Grover Swartzlander, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Spectrally-Resolved Synthetic Imaging Interferometer
Jordan Wachs, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado

Radioisotope Positron Propulsion
Ryan Weed, Positron Dynamics, Livermore, California

Phase 2 projects that were previously in Phase 1:

Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept
Robert Adams, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

A Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions
John Brophy, JPL

Kilometer Space Telescope (KST)
Devon Crowe, Raytheon, El Segundo, California

Dismantling Rubble Pile Asteroids with AoES (Area-of-Effect Soft-bots)
Jay McMahon, University of Colorado, Boulder

Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune's Captured Kuiper Belt Object
Steven Oleson, NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland

Spacecraft Scale Magnetospheric Protection from Galactic Cosmic Radiation
John Slough, MSNW, LLC, Redmond, Washington

Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission
Slava Turyshev, JPL

NIMPH: Nano Icy Moons Propellant Harvester
Michael VanWoerkom, ExoTerra Resource, Littleton, Colorado

Mach Effect for in space propulsion: Interstellar mission
James Woodward, Space Studies Institute, Inc., Mojave, California


Original Submission

Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "funding another round of studies" - https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invests-in-shapeshifters-biobots-other-visionary-technology
  3. "accelerating small payloads" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakthrough_Starshot
  4. "large aperture" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_UV_Optical_Infrared_Surveyor
  5. "Triton" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triton_(moon)
  6. "Mach Effect" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodward_effect
  7. "astronomy using the Sun as a gravitational lens" - https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/ultimate-space-telescope-would-use-sun-lens-180962499/
  8. "Shapeshifters from Science Fiction to Science Fact: Globetrotting from Titan's Rugged Cliffs to its Deep Seafloors" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Shapeshifters_from_Science_Fiction_to_Science_Fact
  9. "Biobot: Innovative Offloading of Astronauts for More Effective Exploration" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Biobot_Innovative_Offloading_of_Astronauts
  10. "Lofted Environmental and Atmospheric Venus Sensors (LEAVES)" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Lofted_Environmental_and_Atmospheric_Venus_Sensors/
  11. "Meteoroid Impact Detection for Exploration of Asteroids (MIDEA)" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Meteoroid_Impact_Detection_for_Exploration_of_Asteroids/
  12. "On-Orbit, Collision-Free Mapping of Small Orbital Debris" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/On-Orbit_Collision-Free_Mapping
  13. "Marsbee – Swarm of Flapping Wing Flyers for Enhanced Mars Exploration" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Marsbee_Swarm_of_Flapping_Wing_Flyers_for_Enhanced_Mars_Exploration/
  14. "Rotary Motion Extended Array Synthesis (R-MXAS)" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Rotary_Motion_Extended_Array_Synthesis/
  15. "PROCSIMA: Diffractionless Beamed Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/PROCSIMA/
  16. "SPARROW: Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Steam_Propelled_Autonomous_Retrieval_Robot_for_Ocean_Worlds/
  17. "BALLET: Balloon Locomotion for Extreme Terrain" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/BALloon_Locomotion_for_Extreme_Terrain
  18. "Myco-Architecture off Planet: Growing Surface Structures at Destination" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Myco-architecture_off_planet/
  19. "Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Modular_Active_Self-Assembling_Space_Telescope_Swarms
  20. "Astrophysics and Technical Study of a Solar Neutrino Spacecraft" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Astrophysics_and_Technical_Study_of_a_Solar_Neutrino_Spacecraft/
  21. "Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Advanced_Diffractive_MetaFilm_Sailcraft/
  22. "Spectrally-Resolved Synthetic Imaging Interferometer" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Spectrally-Resolved_Synthetic_Imaging_Interferometer/
  23. "Radioisotope Positron Propulsion" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Radioisotope_Positron_Propulsion/
  24. "Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/PulsedFission-Fusion_Propulsion_Concept
  25. "A Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Breakthrough_Propulsion_Architecture_for_Interstellar_Precursor_Missions/
  26. "Kilometer Space Telescope (KST)" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Kilometer_Space_Telescope/
  27. "Dismantling Rubble Pile Asteroids with AoES (Area-of-Effect Soft-bots)" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Dismantling_Rubble_Pile_Asteroids_with_AoES
  28. "Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune's Captured Kuiper Belt Object" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Triton_Hopper
  29. "Spacecraft Scale Magnetospheric Protection from Galactic Cosmic Radiation" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Spacecraft_Scale_Magnetospheric_Protection_from_Galactic_Cosmic_Radiation
  30. "Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Direct_Multipixel_Imaging_and_Spectroscopy
  31. "NIMPH: Nano Icy Moons Propellant Harvester" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Nano_Icy_Moons_Propellant_Harvester/
  32. "Mach Effect for in space propulsion: Interstellar mission" - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Mach_Effect_for_In_Space_Propulsion_Interstellar_Mission/
  33. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=25703

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