NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected for Study
- NASA has selected 12 proposals, including two from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact.
The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and an “eternal flight” platform that could hover in Earth’s atmosphere, potentially providing better imaging, Wi-Fi, power generation and other applications.
“NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program invites innovators everywhere — industry, academia, NASA centers, other agencies — to propose bold, visionary ideas,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington. “We’re working together to transform the future of aerospace while investigating new technologies that may one day benefit our new technology economy and our lives here on Earth.”