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NIAC 2023 Phase I and Phase II Selections


A mosaic of images showing futuristic technologies in space and on the Moon and other worlds.

Phase I

Edward Balaban
Fluidic Telescope (FLUTE): Enabling the Next Generation of Large Space Observatories
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001
2023 Phase I

Igor Bargatin
Photophoretic Propulsion Enabling Mesosphere Exploration
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6315
2023 Phase I

Theresa Benyo
Accessing Icy World Oceans Using Lattice Confinement Fusion Fast Fission
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH 44135-3127
2023 Phase I

Zachary Cordero 
Bend-Forming of Large Electrostatically Actuated Space Structures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4301
2023 Phase I

Peter Curreri 
Lunar South Pole Oxygen Pipeline
Lunar Resources, Inc.
Houston, TX 77023-4634
2023 Phase I

Artur Davoyan
Pellet-Beam Propulsion for Breakthrough Space Exploration
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-8357
2023 Phase I

Ryan Gosse 
New Class of Bimodal NTP/NEP with a Wave Rotor Topping Cycle Enabling Fast Transit to Mars
University of Florida, Gainesville
Gainesville, FL 32614-0001
2023 Phase I

Congrui Jin
Biomineralization-Enabled Self-Growing Building Blocks for Habitat Outfitting on Mars
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68503-2427
2023 Phase I

Mary Knapp
Great Observatory for Long Wavelengths (GO-LoW)
MIT Haystack Observatory
Westford, MA 01886-1597
2023 Phase I

Quinn Morley
TitanAir: Leading-Edge Liquid Collection to Enable Cutting-Edge Science
Planet Enterprises
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-0001
2023 Phase I

Christopher Morrison
EmberCore Flashlight: Long Distance Lunar Characterization with Intense Passive X- and Gamma-ray Source
Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation – Space
Seattle, WA 98199-1258
2023 Phase I

Heidi Newberg
Diffractive Interfero Coronagraph Exoplanet Resolver (DICER): Detecting and Characterizing All Earth-Like Exoplanets Orbiting Sun-Like Stars Within 10 pc
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180-3522
2023 Phase I

Stephen Polly
Radioisotope Thermoradiative Cell Power Generator
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-0001
2023 Phase I

Ryan Weed
Aerogel Core Fission Fragment Rocket Engine
Positron Dynamics
Seattle, WA 98104-3163
2023 Phase I

Phase II

Darmindra Arumugam
Quantum Rydberg Radar for Surface, Topography, and Vegetation
NASA Jet Propulsion
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
2023 Phase II

Steven Barrett
Silent, Solid-State Propulsion for Advanced Air Mobility Vehicles
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4301
2023 Phase II

Philip Lubin
PI – Planetary Defense
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
2023 Phase II

Christopher Morrison
The Nyx Mission to Observe the Universe from Deep Space – Enabled by EmberCore, a High Specific Power RadioisotopeElectric Propulsion System
Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation – Space
Seattle, WA 98199-1258
2023 Phase II

Ronald Polidan
FarView Observatory – A Large, In-Situ Manufactured, Lunar Far Side Radio Array
Lunar Resources, Inc.
Houston, TX  77024-8033
2023 Phase II

Lynn Rothschild
A Flexible, Personalized, On-Demand Astropharmacy
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
2023 Phase II