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Stretch your imagination...
change the possible!
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The 2015 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I Studies Synopsis is now available. →
10.06.14 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts: Phase I Studies NASA Research Announcement – 2015

Contour Crafting wins Grand Prize of Create the Future design contest  
10.01.14 NIAC Fellow Berok Khoshnevis wins the Grand Prize of the prestigious Create the Future design contest.

NASA's coolest 'way-out' future projects  
06.24.14 From space submarines to solar wind powered spacecraft, a look at the coolest space technologies.

Submarines for Saturn, comet hitchhikers, asteroid wranglers and other space fantasies → 
06.12.14 NASA recently announced the 12 winners of its Innovative Advanced Concepts program to fund early-stage space technology initiatives.

A Submarine for Saturn's Moon Titan? NASA Backs Way-Out Ideas → 
06.05.14 NASA has approved funding for a dozen way-out science projects, including a proposal for a robotic submarine that could plumb the depths of the hydrocarbon lakes on Titan, a smog-shrouded moon of Saturn.

Cosmic Concept: Exploring the Solar System With a Fleet of Flat Landers → 
05.23.14 “Tiny two-dimensional rovers could be the key to exploring the most exciting places in our solar system.”
"Read Hamid Hemmati's research page" (Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers)

Recycling on Mars  
05.22.14 On a Mars mission, “sustainability is not an option,” Flynn says. It’s a requirement.

NASA's Latest Robot: A Rolling Tangle of Rods That Can Take a Beating  
02.26.14 Just imagine then, if there was a robot that had the brains of Curiosity but the nimbleness of a tumbleweed.

Incredible Technology: Space 'Harpons' Could Snatch Samples of Asteroids and Moons → 
02.24.14 Why bother landing softly on an alien world to collect samples if you can just snag material with a harpoon from afar?

How To Sample Anything, Anywhere? Smash A Rocket Into It → 
02.05.14 This week at Stanford, NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium is featuring some of the more out-there new innovations that could have implications for everything from space exploration to disaster response here on Earth.

3D print yourself a new house...in a day! → 
01.27.14 From the linked article: "Hire a construction crew and build your new dream house...which you can have in a couple months.  Or, hire this new giant 3D concrete printer that can build a 2,500-square-foot house in just 24 hours." This researcher is working for NIAC to see if these homes could be built on the Moon! Click the link to see more about his … more normal, Earth-bound future technology application.

CBS News: 3D Printing Could Transform Home Building → 
01.22.14 Building a 2,500-square-foot house in less than 20 hours? It sounds like a tall tale, but a professor at the University of Southern California says it is absolutely possible. He would toss out traditional building practices and replace them with a single 3D printer.


About NIAC

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs — radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts — while engaging America's innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.

NIAC projects study innovative, technically credible, advanced concepts that could one day “Change the Possible” in aerospace. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal to NIAC, please see our “Solicitations” link for information about the status of our current NASA Research Announcement (NRA). For descriptions of current NIAC funded projects, please refer to our “Fellows” link.

Archives of the Original NIAC

The original NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts was managed for NASA by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), for the full life of the program. Their dedication and support was instrumental to the original NIAC’s success.

USRA has, of its own accord, preserved the original NIAC website for the research community. NASA appreciates this and invites anyone interested in NIAC to check it out. This site contains a wealth of information about the original program and past exciting studies.

You can contact the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program at: hq-niac@mail.nasa.gov

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The 2015 NIAC Symposium will be held January 27-29, 2015 in Cocoa Beach, FL. Check this site for future updates!



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