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NIAC 2017 Phase I and Phase II Selections



Adam Arkin
A Synthetic Biology Architecture to Detoxify and Enrich Mars Soil for Agriculture
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704-1345

John Brophy
A Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

John-Paul Clarke
Evacuated Airship for Mars Missions
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0001

Heidi Fearn
Mach Effects for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission
Space Studies Institute
Mojave, CA 93501-0000

Benjamin Goldman
Pluto Hop, Skip, and Jump Global
Global Aerospace Corporation
Irwindale, CA 91706-3750

Jason Gruber
IMSG Laboratories, Inc.
Tampa, FL 33613-4554

Kevin Kempton
Phobos L1 Operational Tether Experiment (PHLOTE)
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681-2143

Michael LaPointe
Gradient Field Imploding Liner Fusion Propulsion System
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL 35812-0000

John Lewis
Massively Expanded NEA Accessibility via Microwave-Sintered Aerobrakes
Deep Space Industries, Inc.
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0000

Jay McMahon
Dismantling Rubble Pile Asteroids with AoES (Area-of-Effect Soft-bots)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

Raymond Sedwick
Continuous Electrode Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742-0000

Joel Sercel
Sutter: Breakthrough Telescope Innovation for Asteroid Survey Missions to Start a Gold Rush in Space
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342-6810

Slava Turyshev
Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Robert Youngquist
Solar Surfing
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899-0000

Nan Yu
A direct probe of dark energy interactions with a solar system laboratory
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001


Ratnakumar Bugga
Venus Interior Probe Using In-situ Power and Propulsion (VIP-INSPR)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Gary Hughes
Remote Laser Evaporative Molecular Absorption Spectroscopy Sensor System
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0405

Siegfried Janson
Brane Craft Phase II
The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, CA 90245-4609

Chris Mann
Stellar Echo Imaging of Exoplanets
Nanohmics, Inc.
Austin, TX 78741-7510

Jonathan Sauder
Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Joel Sercel
Optical Mining of Asteroids, Moons, and Planets to Enable Sustainable Human Exploration and Space Industrialization
TransAstra Corp.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342-6810

Stephanie Thomas
Fusion-Enabled Pluto Orbiter and Lander
Princeton Satellite Systems, Inc.
Plainsboro, NJ 08536-2096