NASA space technology development effort squid-like alien robot probe

NASA’s recently launched innovative advanced concepts NIAC project, aimed at promoting the concept of science fiction become reality. Including resembles squid flexible robotic probes, as well as several years of flying in the stratosphere unmanned gliding unit.


Resembles squid robot probe, the conventional method for performing unable to complete the task.

NASA’s most recent project is an innovative selection of 15 research programs. The project called Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC project aims to develop cutting-edge technology, the science fiction into reality. The selection of the 15 program is part of phase one of the project. Selected 15 research program covers a very broad selection on the basis of their future potential of transforming into a space mission may be. The conversion is expected to play an active role in NASA’s deep space exploration and asteroid and Mars missions.

An official at NASA headquarters in Washington revealed that the selection of the 15 programs, including many exciting concept. Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC project a stage for the winners to provide approximately $ 100,000 in financial support to enable them to carry out the initial definition and conceptual analysis of a nine-month. If basic research is successful, the winners can apply for funding for the second phase, amounting to $ 500,000, will be the concept of the development of two years of research.

Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC project executive Jason Delaisse that all candidates apply for one of the stages of support are excellent, we are very difficult to screen except for some, ultimately selected 15 research programs. We want to see these new methods can be driven to what extent, this is the unique NIAC project.

These were selected in the study protocol, which has a program is flexible robotic probes for performing traditional power systems unable to complete the task. The flexible robotic probes, looks like a squid, ending two antennas, changing energy from the surrounding magnetic field. Its goal is to amphibious survey Enceladus this gas giant satellite.

Another research program is two unmanned spacecraft to look like a glider with a super cable connected, at different heights to achieve flight without propulsion. This unmanned spacecraft set like a kite advantage of the underlying stratospheric balloon shear principle, the higher the spacecraft to provide aerodynamic lift and thrust, while the lower spacecraft provide wind power to prevent wind drift. If successful, this group can be used as atmospheric satellite spacecraft flying in the stratosphere for several years, helping to complete NASA Earth science missions, monitoring missions and aircraft navigation tasks. Its cost is much lower than the current Earth orbit satellite systems.

NIAC project under the Innovative Advanced Concepts NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate.In the 18 years next month, the council will carry out a major new investment in support of a number of security and economy and good high-priority tasks in deep space exploration.

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