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September 21-27, 2020 / Vol 39, No 38 / Hawai`i Island, USA

18 Sep 2020, 20:46 UTC
September 21-27, 2020 / Vol 39, No 38 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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2020 NIAC Symposium Features 23 Visionary Concepts for Solar System + Beyond Exploration

The 9th NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium is being held September 22-24. Originally set for Tucson AZ, the event is now virtual, free and open to public. It will feature 23 NIAC Phase 1-3 studies, totaling US$7M, addressing areas relevant to Artemis including Revolutionary Exploration Systems, Novel Propulsion, Human Systems & Architectures for Extreme Environments, Sensors, and Imaging. Part of Space Technology Mission Directorate, NIAC is headed by (L) James Reuter and Prasun Desai. Some 2020 NIAC selections are: Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the Far-Side of the Moon proposed by JPL to deploy a 1km-diameter wire-mesh telescope in a 3-5km-diameter lunar crater observing in 10-50m wavelength band; MIT-proposed Dynamic Orbital Slingshot for Rendezvous with Interstellar Objects to launch a Statite (satellite with solar sail) to quickly intercept an Interstellar visitor; Heat Exchange-Driven Aircraft for Low Altitude and Surface Exploration of Venus by Planetary Science Institute to investigate a fixed wing aircraft using Venus atmosphere heat for power; JPL-submitted Enceladus Vent Explorer robotic mission to collect samples of ocean water that could contain intact organisms and perform in-situ science. Receiving $2M, the only Phase 3 study ...

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