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NIAC 2020 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III Selections


NIAC 2020 Selections


Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) on the Far-Side of the Moon
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

John Christian
StarNAV: An Architecture for Autonomous Spacecraft Navigation by the Relativistic Perturbation of Starlight
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute     
Troy, NY 12180-3522

Artur Davoyan
Extreme Metamaterial Solar Sails for Breakthrough Space Exploration
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-8357

Caroline Genzale
Fueling a Human Mission to Mars
Georgia Tech Research Corporation     
Atlanta, GA 30332-0001

Davide Guzzetti
Flat Fabrication of Progressively Self-Assembling Space Systems
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-0001

Benjamin Hockman
Gravity Poppers: Hopping Probes for the Interior Mapping of Small Solar System Bodies
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Steven Howe
Pulsed Plasma Rocket: Shielded, Fast Transits for Humans to Mars
Howe Industries LLC
Tempe, AZ 85281-8473

Troy Howe
High Irradiance Peltier Operated Tungsten Exo-Reflector (HI-POWER)
Howe Industries LLC     
Tempe, AZ 85281-8473

Gerald Jackson
Deceleration of Interstellar Spacecraft Utilizing Antimatter
Hbar Technologies, LLC     
West Chicago, IL 60185-4833

Matthew Kuhns
Instant Landing Pads for Artemis Lunar Missions
Masten Space Systems Inc.
Mojave, CA 93501-1681

Richard Linares
Dynamic Orbital Slingshot for Rendezvous with Interstellar Objects
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4301

Philip Metzger
Aqua Factorem: Ultra Low-Energy Lunar Water Extraction
University of Central Florida     
Orlando, FL 32826-0650

Robert Moses
Advanced Aerocapture System for Enabling Faster-Larger Planetary Science & Human Exploration Missions
NASA Langley Research Center     
Hampton, VA 23681-2109

Eldar Noe Dobrea
Heat Exchange-Driven Aircraft for Low Altitude and Surface Exploration of Venus
Planetary Science Institute
Oakland, CA 94608-1418

Robert Romanofsky
Magneto-Inductive Communications for Ocean Worlds
NASA Glenn Research Center     
Cleveland, OH 44135-3127

Lynn Rothschild
An Astropharmacy
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


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

Javid Bayandor
Lightweight Multifunctional Planetary Probe for Extreme Environment Exploration and Locomotion
State University Of New York, Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-0001

Troy Howe
SPEAR Probe – An Ultra Lightweight Nuclear Electric Propulsion Probe for Deep Space Exploration
Howe Industries LLC     
Tempe, AZ 85281-8473

Masahiro Ono
Enceladus Vent Explorer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Joel Sercel
Lunar Polar Propellant Mining Outpost (LPMO): A Breakthrough for Lunar Exploration & Industry
Trans Astronautica Corporation
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342-6810

Nan Yu
Gravity Observation and Dark energy Detection Explorer in the Solar System
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001


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