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NASA looking into the use of windbots to explore the skies of Jupiter

By - July 23, 2015 1 Picture

From squid-like submarines to bouncing rovers, NASA is never short of a crazy idea or two, and now the agency is looking to explore the potential of using "windbots" to investigate the skies above Jupiter. The agency has invested US$100,000 of NIAC funds in the project, which could potentially revolutionize how we gain data on some of the most inhospitable planets in our solar system.

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Roving soft-robots invade NASA's future technologies shortlist

By - May 14, 2015 1 Picture

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC program has announced 15 phase I winners in its quest to make science fiction science fact. The aim of the program is to encourage the innovation of ideas with the potential to transform future aerospace and exploration operations, but more importantly, it grants us a tantalizing and often fantastical glimpse of what the future may hold.

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NASA announces advanced technology proposals

A submarine glider to explore the ocean of Europa, a solid-state air purification system and a way of making concrete out of lunar soil for Moon colonies - these are a few of the 28 proposals that NASA has selected for study and development under its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. Part of the larger Space Technology program, NIAC is the space agency’s way of kick-starting innovation that has the potential to improve future missions, aerospace systems and other capabilities. Read More
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NASA investigates sending CubeSats to Phobos and back

By - April 3, 2012 6 Pictures
NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program provides funding to study a small number of highly advanced spaceflight concepts, with the goal of understanding the technological possibilities which will guide the development of future space missions. Under this program, a JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) researcher has proposed the use of a pair of CubeSats for an autonomous mission to retrieve samples from Phobos, Mars' larger moon. Read More
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NASA evaluating "tractor beam" technologies

By - November 6, 2011 2 Pictures
NASA is looking to turn another staple of science fiction to practical use by studying ways to make “tractor beams” a reality. While none of the technologies under the microscope will be able to transport anything the size of a modified YT-1300 Corellian freighter – at least in the short term – the researchers will examine if it is possible to trap and move planetary or atmospheric particles using laser light so they can be delivered to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft for analysis. Read More
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