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NIAC 2014 Phase I Selections


The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is proud to announce its 2014 awards. NIAC has selected twelve new NIAC Phase I awards. These proposals have been selected based on the potential of their concepts to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter and improve current approaches.

Each Phase I study will receive approximately $100,000 for 9 months to one year, and each Phase II study will receive approximately $500,000 for approximately two years. These studies will advance numerous innovative aerospace concepts, and help NASA achieve future goals.

NASA Press Release (Phase I)


Principal Investigator:   Atchison, Justin
Proposal Title:   Swarm Flyby Gravimetry
Organization:   Johns Hopkins University
City, State, Zip Code:   Baltimore, MD 21218-2680
Boland, Eugene
Mars Ecopoiesis Test Bed
Techshot, Inc.
Greenville, IN 47124-9515
Cash, Webster
The Aragoscope: Ultra-High Resolution Optics at Low Cost
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0389
Chen, Bin
3D Photocatalytic Air Processor for Dramatic Reduction of Life Support Mass & Complexity
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0000
Hoyt, Robert
WRANGLER: Capture and De-Spin of Asteroids and Space Debris
Tethers Unlimited
Bothel, WA 98011-8808
Matthies, Larry
Titan Aerial Daughtercraft
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
Miller, Timothy
Using the Hottest Particles in the Universe to Probe Icy Solar System Worlds
Johns Hopkins University
Laurel, MD 20723-6005
Nosanov, Jeffrey
PERISCOPE: PERIapsis Subsurface Cave OPtical Explorer
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
Oleson, Steven
Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken
Cleveland, OH 44135-3127
Ono, Masahiro
Comet Hitchhiker: Harvesting Kinetic Energy from Small Bodies to Enable Fast and Low-Cost Deep Space Exploration
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
Streetman, Brett
Exploration Architecture with Quantum Inertial Gravimetry and In Situ ChipSat Sensors
Draper Laboratory
Cambridge, MA 02139-3539
Wiegmann, Bruce
Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS)
Huntsville, AL 35812-0000


Pavone, Marco
Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-4008
Prettyman, Thomas
Deep mapping of small solar system bodies with galactic cosmic ray secondary particle showers
Planetary Science Institute
Tucson, AZ, 85719-2394
Quadrelli, Marco
Orbiting Rainbows Phase II
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA, 91109-8001
Walker, Christopher
10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR)
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 85721-0009
Yoo, S. J. Ben
Low-Mass Planar Photonic Imaging Sensor
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA, 95616-5270