The Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP) solicits and encourages revolutionary concepts, creates the environment for researchers to experiment with new ideas, performs ground and small-scale flight tests, allows failures and learns from them, and drives rapid turnover into potential future concepts to enable aviation transformation.
TACP pursues its research goals across these projects.
Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS)
NASA wants to increase innovation in the way airplanes fly and the aviation industry along with it. The Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project invests in seemingly improbable ideas that might lead to solutions to the problems that plague aviation and impact safety, environmental and community impact, and the global growth in air traffic. The goal of CAS is to rapidly assess the feasibility of novel concepts to determine whether additional investment is warranted.
This project develops state-of-the-art computational and experimental tools and technologies that are vital to Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's (ARMD's) ability to advance the prediction of future aircraft performance in flight, such as first-of-a-kind tools that isolate the complex turbulent airflow around vehicles and within propulsion systems. TTT creates computer-based tools, models and associated scientific knowledge that can be applied to the entire ARMD portfolio.
The UI project supports educating the next generation of aeronautical innovators by providing opportunities for university-led teams to conduct research into transformative technology that supports NASA's research goals. These opportunities include the University Leadership Initiative and the University Student Research Challenge. The idea is to spur universities to take a larger leadership role in advancing ideas that will transform aviation and maintain the nation’s leadership in the global aviation community.
The rapid growth of high-performance computing (HPC) in the past decade has enabled the use of state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods for predicting aerodynamic flows and has fundamentally changed the aerospace design process. These spectacular visualizations showcase some of the work being done to predict the aerodynamic or acoustic performance of new subsonic fixed-wing or vertical-lift aircraft.
Find opportunities to collaborate with NASA’s aeronautical innovators and/or contribute to their research to enable new and improved air transportation systems.
ARMD Strategic Vision
The Strategic Implementation Plan sets forth the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate vision for aeronautical research aimed at the next 25 years and beyond. Read this important document here.
NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
The NASA Aeronautics Research Institute promotes innovation in aeronautics across a broad spectrum of aeronautical challenges in the nation’s air transportation system. Learn about them here.
NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee
The NASA Advisory Council's aeronautics committee advises the agency's leadership on strategic plans, programs, and other matters pertinent to aeronautics research. Public input at meetings is welcome. Read more here.
Aeronautics STEM & Learning Resources
Explore hands-on activities, interactive lesson plans, educator guides, and other downloadable content about aeronautics.