NASA Selects Futuristic Space Technology Concepts for Early Study
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2022
An astronaut steps into a body scanner and, hours later, walks on Mars in a custom-made spacesuit, breathing oxygen that was extracted from Mars' carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere. On Venus, an inflatable bird-like drone swoops through the sky, studying the planet's atmosphere and weather patterns. Ideas like these are currently science fiction, but they could one day become reality, thanks to a new round of grants awarded by NASA.
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program fosters exploration by funding early-stage studies to evaluate technologies that could support future aeronautics and space missions. A new slate of awards will provide a total of $5.1 million to 17 researchers from nine states.
"As we set our sights on ever more challenging destinations for exploration with humans and robots, innovative ideas and future thinking will be critical to helping us reach new milestones," said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. "Concepts like those being studied with this new round of NIAC funding are helping us expand the scope of the possible so we can make it reality."
The researchers selected to receive NIAC Phase I grants in 2022, their institutions, and the titles of their proposals are:
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NASA plans mid-March test for SLS moon rocket's first flight
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 24, 2021
NASA officials said Thursday the space agency is making progress toward a crucial test in mid-March of the first moon rocket since the Apollo-era but the agency did not set a new launch date for the first lunar mission. NASA plans the full "wet-dress rehearsal" of the SLS moon rocket on the pad at 6 p.m. ET on March 17. The first such mission to the moon, although uncrewed, may happen in May, NASA's Tom Whitmeyer, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, said i ... read more
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