Source: NASA

Authors: Loura Hall, Jimi Russell

Published Date: Thu, 02 May 2024 15:01:56 +0000

Summary: NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program has selected six visionary studies for additional funding and development. These studies, which have completed the initial NIAC phase, include futuristic ideas like a lunar railway system and fluid-based telescopes. The NIAC Phase II studies will receive up to $600,000 each over the next two years to address technical and budget challenges. Among the selected concepts are the Fluidic Telescope for large space observatories, the Pulsed Plasma Rocket for faster space travel, and the Great Observatory for Long Wavelengths using SmallSats. Other projects include the Radioisotope Thermoradiative Cell Power Generator, the FLOAT lunar railway system, and the ScienceCraft for Outer Planet Exploration using quantum dot sensors on solar sails. These diverse concepts represent the potential for significant advancements in space exploration technology. NIAC is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which aims to develop new technologies for future missions.

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