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NIAC 2018 Phase I and Phase II Selections



Aliakbar Aghamohammadi
Shapeshifters from Science Fiction to Science Fact: Globetrotting from Titan’s Rugged Cliffs to its Deep Seafloors
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

David Akin
Biobot: Innovative Offloading of Astronauts for More Effective Exploration
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742-0001

Jeffrey Balcerski
Lofted Environmental and Atmospheric Venus Sensors (LEAVES)
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Cleveland, OH 44135-3127

Sigrid Close
Meteoroid Impact Detection for Exploration of Asteroids (MIDEA)
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4008

Christine Hartzell
On-Orbit, Collision-Free Mapping of Small Orbital Debris
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742-0001

Chang-kwon Kang
Marsbee – Swarm of Flapping Wing Flyers for Enhanced Mars Exploration
University of Alabama, Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899-0001

John Kendra
Rotary Motion Extended Array Synthesis (R-MXAS)
Leidos, Inc.
Reston, VA 20190-0001

Chris Limbach
PROCSIMA: Diffractionless Beamed Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
College Station, TX 77843-0001

Gareth Meirion-Griffith
SPARROW: Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Hari Nayar
BALLET: BALloon Locomotion for Extreme Terrain
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Lynn Rothschild
Myco-architecture off planet: growing surface structures at destination
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001

Dmitry Savransky
Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501

Nickolas Solomey
Astrophysics and Technical Study of a Solar Neutrino Spacecraft
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-9700

Grover Swartzlander
Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Jordan Wachs
Spectrally-Resolved Synthetic Imaging Interferometer
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
Boulder, CO 80301-2734

Ryan Weed
Radioisotope Positron Propulsion
Positron Dynamics
Livermore, CA 94551-0001


Robert Adams
Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL 35812-0001

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

Devon Crowe
Kilometer Space Telescope (KST)
El Segundo, CA 90245-4501

Jay McMahon
Dismantling Rubble Pile Asteroids with AoES (Area-of-Effect Soft-bots)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0431

Steven Oleson
Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune’s Captured Kuiper Belt Object
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH 44135-3127

John Slough
Spacecraft Scale Magnetospheric Protection from Galactic Cosmic Radiation
Redmond, WA 98052-3557

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

Michael VanWoerkom
NIMPH: Nano Icy Moons Propellant Harvester
ExoTerra Resource
Littleton, CO 80127-4274

James Woodward
Mach Effect for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission
Space Studies Institute, Inc.
Mojave, CA 93501-0001