Earlier this month, a special NASA program approved a list containing 22 new technologies, some of which seem more futuristic than the others. As it is, most of them could prove to be quite vital elements in developing the ‘technologies of tomorrow’.
NASA’s List Of 22 New Technologies Targets Diverse Areas Of Use
The new technologies are either approved or denied by a special program. Known as the NIAC or the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, it is famous for awarding millions of dollars to the various projects included on its lists.
Now, the program approved these new concepts, which include anything from a swarm of robotic spacecraft to various Mars-related concepts. According to its statement, NIAC officials consider that they have the potential to ‘revolutionize’ future space explorations.
As such, it will include 22 technologies in its Phase I. The awards given at this point should help support any initial analysis and definitions of the concepts. Then, if these basic feasibility studies prove to be successful, the developers can apply for the Phase II awards.
“The program gives fellows the opportunity and funding to explore visionary aerospace concepts that we appraise and potentially fold into our early stage technology portfolio.”
Phase I projects will receive $125,000 in funding over the next 9 months. Concepts that enter Phase II will receive 2 additional years of funding coming up to $500,000. Besides offering a list of the 22 new technologies accepted into Phase I, NIAC officials also updated its Phase II category.
Some of the Phase I projects include a system which will allegedly be able to tether spacecraft to Phobos, one of Mars’s moons. Or, for example, a new method of growing food in the Martian soil. The concepts also include a JPL study targeting interstellar propulsion techniques.
A complete list of projects included in both of the program stages can be accessed on the official NASA website.
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