Although many of the selected projects seem to come from science fiction, they are likely to become reality in the next decade. Funded by NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, these projects award up to $500,000 for the development of revolutionary technologies conducive to human space flight and space exploration missions.
In 2019, NIAC will choose 12 projects for the first stage award, with a prize of about $125,000 and six second stage awards, with a prize of up to $500,000. The first phase is an exploratory, nine-month project that allows researchers to further develop their ideas, while the second phase provides them with a two-year window to further advance their technology and outlines how they can turn these ideas into reality.
In the concept of Venus Lander, a "two-car architecture" will see a floating spacecraft that collects energy from Venus's atmosphere and then lands on Venus's surface to a "beam" of energy lander. The idea would be to provide a constant source of energy for the lander.
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One of the more interesting concepts is to get inspiration from "flying" spiders, which rely on their own silk to be carried into the air by the airflow and then float. The proposed micro detector weighs about 50 mg and floats beneath a chord ring about 200 meters long. Releasing spider probes into the atmosphere in future planetary missions will enable researchers to better understand the composition of these atmospheres.
Most importantly, 15 other projects are moving from ideas to reality, including the Moon's "Mining Outpost" (especially NASA's commitment to return to the Moon in 2024), neutrino detectors, light detectors and nuclear detectors for deep space exploration.
NASA will issue a third phase grant on June 7, which will provide another two years of conceptual development for NASA's projects with the greatest potential impact.
You can read the entire blog at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory carefully.Concept list。