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NIAC 2012 Spring Symposium
The 2012 NIAC Spring Symposium will be held on March 27-29, 2012, at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Current NIAC Fellows will attend and give presentations about their Phase I research. The conference will feature exciting keynote speakers and information about NIAC's program status and plans. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Agenda for the 2012 NIAC Spring Symposium March 27-29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time Title Speaker
8:25 Introduction and Welcome Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
8:40 NIAC Overview Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
9:00 Keynote Address
Innovation and Infusion in a Structured World
Gentry Lee
10:00 Break  
10:20 Steering of Solar Sails Using Optical Lift Force Grover Swartzlander
Rochester Institute of Technology
10:45 SPS-ALPHA: The First Practical Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array John Mankins
Artemis Innovation Management Solutions
11:10 Non-Radioisotope Power Systems For Sunless Solar System Exploration Missions Michael Paul
Pennsylvania State University
11:35 Lunch  
1:00 Atmospheric Breathing Electric Thruster for Planetary Exploration Kurt Hohman
Busek Co. Inc.
1:25 Economical Radioisotope Power Steven Howe
Universities Space Research Association
1:50 Space Debris Elimination (SpaDE) Daniel Gregory
Raytheon BBN Technologies
2:15 Optimal Dispersion of Near-Earth Objects Bong Wie, Iowa State University
2:40 Break  
3:00 Metallic Hydrogen: A Game Changing Rocket Propellant Isaac Silvera
Harvard University
3:25 The Potential for Ambient Plasma Wave Propulsion James Gilland, Ohio Aerospace Institute
3:50 Nuclear Propulsion Through Direct Conversion of Fusion Energy John Slough, MSNW LLC
4:15 Aneutronic Fusion Spacecraft Architecture Alfonso Tarditi, University of Houston at Clear Lake
4:40 Proposal for a Concept Assessment of a Fission Fragment Rocket Engine (FFRE) Propelled Spacecraft Robert Werka, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
5:05 Adjourn  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time Title Speaker
8:25 Introduction and Welcome Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
8:40 NIAC Program Plans Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
9:00 Keynote Address
Looking Upward - The Most Human Trait
David Brin
Futures Unlimited
10:00 Break  
10:20 Enabling All-Access Mobility for Planetary Exploration Vehicles via Transformative Reconfiguration Scott Ferguson
North Carolina State University
10:45 Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies Marco Pavone
Stanford University
11:10 Low Power Microrobotics Utilizing Biologically Inspired Energy Generation Gregory Scott
Naval Research Laboratory
11:35 Break  
1:00 Printable Spacecraft Kendra Short, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1:25 Interplanetary CubeSats: Opening the Solar System to a Broad Community at Lower Cost Robert Staehle
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1:50 Laser-Based Optical Trap for Remote Sampling of Interplanetary and Atmospheric Particulate Matter Paul Stysley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2:15 Technologies Enabling Exploration of Skylights, Lava Tubes and Caves William (Red) Whittaker
Astrobotic Technology Inc.
2:40 Break  
3:00 Entanglement-assisted Communication System for NASA's Deep-Space Missions: Feasibility Test and Conceptual Design Paul Kwiat
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3:25 Ghost Imaging of Space Objects Dmitry Strekalov, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
3:50 High-Temperature Superconductors as Electromagnetic Deployment and Support Structures in Spacecraft David Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:15 Ultra-Light “Photonic Muscle” Space Structures Joe Ritter, University of Hawaii
4:40 In-Space Propulsion Engine Architecture based on Sublimation of Planetary Resources: from Exploration Robots to NEO Mitigation Laurent Sibille, NASA Kennedy Space Center
5:05 Adjourn  

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time Title Speaker
8:25 Introduction and Welcome Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
8:35 Radiation Shielding Materials Containing Hydrogen, Boron, and Nitrogen: Systematic Computational and Experimental Study Sheila Thibeault, NASA Langley Research Center
9:00 Meeting the Grand Challenge of Protecting Astronaut's Health: Electrostatic Active Space Radiation Shielding for Deep Space Missions Ram Tripathi, NASA Langley Research Center
9:25 Radiation Protection and Architecture Utilizing High Temperature Superconducting Magnets Shayne Westover, NASA Johnson Space Center
9:50 Break  
10:10 Regolith Derived Heat Shield for a Planetary Body Entry and Descent System with In-Situ Fabrication Michael Hogue, NASA Kennedy Space Center
10:35 Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build-Up Behrokh Khoshnevis, University of Southern California
11:00 Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for Space Habitation and Exploration Kevin Duda, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
11:25 Phase II Proposal Q and A Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
11:45 Symposium Wrap-up and Summary Jay Falker
NIAC Program Executive
12:00 Adjourn