NASA continues to improve the Technology in order to continue space exploration. This time, mapping technologies will become available, as well as space telescope swarms and meteoroid impact detection. New capabilities will become available for Nasa, and their goal is to make exploration missions easier.
The 2018 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) will come with a $125 000 award over nine months. The award will be received by 25 technology startups. Then, if the projects turn out to be feasible they might receive Phase II awards.
The program is looking for revolutionary ideas
This program is great for both inventors and NASA. While the first ones might receive the recognition they deserve, NASA will get to benefit from new technology. “The NIAC program gives NASA the opportunity to explore visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions by creating radically better or entirely new concepts while engaging America’s innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey. The concepts can then be evaluated for potential inclusion into our early-stage technology portfolio,” said Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.
The Phase II awards come to reward the technology that proves to be practical and usable. NASA analyses all the projects and selects the ones that are viable and innovative at the same time. This year, the portfolio for Phase II includes many interesting technologies, including Mach effect gravity, assist drive propulsion, novel exploration tools for Triton and a large scale telescope. “Phase II studies are given to the most successful Phase I fellows, whose ideas have the best possibility of changing the possible. Their two-year timeframe and larger budget allow them to really get going on the business of creating the future,” explained Derleth.
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