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NIAC 2024 Selections

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Montage of twelve illustrations depicting futuristic aerospace concepts, including a solar powered glider soaring over the clouds of Venus, a fixed wing electric aircraft flying above a Mars landscape, dish satellite probes scattered across the solar system, flat circular discs floating in space and dotted with hundreds of circle sensors, and a device on the lunar surface with sensing lasers.

Phase II

Edward Balaban
Fluidic Telescope (FLUTE): Enabling the Next Generation of Large Space Observatories
NASA ARC
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001
2024 Phase II

Brianna Clements
Pulsed Plasma Rocket (PPR): Shielded, Fast Transits for Humans to Mars

Howe Industries
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-0001


Mary Knapp
The Great Observatory for Long Wavelengths (GO-LoW)

MIT Haystack Observatory
Cambridge, MA 02139-4301


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


Ethan Schaler
FLOAT — Flexible Levitation on a Track

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001

Mahmooda Sultana
ScienceCraft for Outer Planet Exploration (SCOPE)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771-2400


Phase I

Matthew McQuinn
Solar System-Scale VLBI to Dramatically Improve Cosmological Distance Measurements
University of Washington, Seattle
Seattle, Washington 98195-1000
2024 Phase I

Kenneth Carpenter
A Lunar Long-Baseline Optical Imaging Interferometer: Artemis-enabled Stellar Imager (AeSI)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771-2400
2024 Phase I

Alvaro Romero-Calvo
Magnetohydrodynamic Drive for Hydrogen and Oxygen Production in Mars Transfer
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0001
2024 Phase I

James Bickford
Thin Film Isotope Nuclear Engine Rocket (TFINER)
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Cambridge, MA 02139-3539
2024 Phase I

Ge-Cheng Zha
Mars Aerial and Ground Global Intelligent Explorer (MAGGIE)
Coflow Jet, LLC
Cutler Bay, Florida 33190-0000
2024 Phase I

Steven Benner
Add-on to Large-scale Water Mining Operations on Mars to Screen for Introduced and Alien Life
Foundation For Applied Molecular Evolution
Alachua, Florida 32615-9544
2024 Phase I

Lynn Rothschild
Detoxifying Mars: The Biocatalytic Elimination of Omnipresent Perchlorates
NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)
Moffett Field, California 94035-1000
2024 Phase I

Thomas Eubanks
Swarming Proxima Centauri: Coherent Picospacecraft Swarms Over Interstellar Distances
Space Initiatives, Inc.
Titusville, Florida 32780
2024 Phase I

Beijia Zhang
LIFA: Lightweight Fiber-based Antenna for Small Sat-Compatible Radiometry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, MA 02421
2024 Phase I

Ryan Sprenger
A Revolutionary Approach to Interplanetary Space Travel: Studying Torpor in Animals for Space-health in Humans (STASH)
Fauna Bio Inc.
Newark, California 94560-1000
2024 Phase I

Geoffrey Landis
Sample Return from the Surface of Venus
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135-3127
2024 Phase I

Peter Cabauy
Autonomous Tritium Micropowered Sensors
City Labs, Inc.
Miami, Florida 33186-6401
2024 Phase I

Aaswath Pattabhi Raman
Electro-luminescently Cooled Zero-boil-off Propellant Depots Enabling Crewed Exploration of Mars
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90095-8357
2024 Phase I