Latest NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Stories

2011-08-09 09:15:00

NASA on Monday announced funding for 30 new space projects under the agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. The advanced concepts selected were chosen based on potential to transform the future of space missions, enable new capabilities or significantly alter the current approaches to launching, building and operating space systems. Each of the proposals will get $100,000 in funding for a one-year period, NASA said in a statement. "These innovative concepts have the...

2011-08-08 12:06:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected 30 proposals for funding under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program. The advanced concepts selected for study under NIAC were chosen based on their potential to transform our future space missions, enable new capabilities or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building and operating space systems. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Each proposal will...

2011-08-05 13:52:20

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 8, to announce the proposals selected for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program. The proposals were selected based on the concepts' potential to transform our future space missions, enable new capabilities or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building, and operating space systems. Each proposal will receive approximately $100,000 for one year to advance the innovative space...

2006-07-18 18:55:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT engineers and scientist colleagues have a new vision for the future of Mars exploration: a swarm of probes, each the size of a baseball, spreading out across the planet in every direction. Thousands of probes, powered by fuel cells, could cover a vast area now beyond the reach of today's rovers, including exploring remote and rocky terrain that large rovers cannot navigate. "They would start to hop, bounce and roll and distribute themselves across the surface of the...

2005-12-08 08:20:00

If you want to travel to distant stars, or find life on another world, it takes a bit of planning. That's why NASA has established NIAC, the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. For the past several years, NASA has been encouraging scientists and engineers to think outside the box, to come up with ideas just this side of science fiction. Their hope is that some of these ideas will pan out, and provide the agency with technologies it can use 20, 30, or 40 years down the road. NIAC provides...

2005-08-10 08:35:00

How do you get plants to grow on Mars? The first step: relieve their anxiety. NASA -- Anxiety can be a good thing. It alerts you that something may be wrong, that danger may be close. It helps initiate signals that get you ready to act. But, while an occasional bit of anxiety can save your life, constant anxiety causes great harm. The hormones that yank your body to high alert also damage your brain, your immune system and more if they flood through your body all the time. Plants don't get...

2005-08-02 12:40:00

The science of nanotechnology could lead to radical improvements for space exploration. NASA -- When it comes to taking the next "giant leap" in space exploration, NASA is thinking small -- really small. In laboratories around the country, NASA is supporting the burgeoning science of nanotechnology. The basic idea is to learn to deal with matter at the atomic scale -- to be able to control individual atoms and molecules well enough to design molecule-size machines, advanced electronics and...

2005-05-17 07:10:00

NASA -- Take the cold tolerance of bacteria that thrive in arctic ice, add the ultraviolet resistance of tomato plants growing high in the Andes mountains, and combine with an ordinary plant. What do you get? A tough plant "pioneer" that can grow in Martian soil. Like customizing a car, NASA-funded scientists are designing plants that can survive the harsh conditions on Mars. These plants could provide oxygen, fresh food, and even medicine to astronauts while living off their waste. They...

2005-04-28 08:05:00

NASA -- "Are we there yet?" Everyone has faced this exasperating question from impatient companions on a long road trip. Imagine if the trip lasted six months. One way. It takes conventional rockets about six months just to get to Mars. Total roundtrip times can be as long as three years, because an extended stay on the Red Planet is required while the Earth and Mars progress in their orbits enough to be closely aligned again for the return trip. However, future astronauts may race to Mars...

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