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The global space industry and technology have been mushrooming and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – the pioneering space agency of the United States, has never lagged behind endorsing new ideas and projects for encouraging this advancement. Now the agency has approved 22 interstellar projects that are believed to be capable of transforming the entire future of space industry in the coming years.

22 ‘Potentially Transformative Space-Tech Ideas’ have the power of altering the outlooks of space missions, and hence, the leading space agency NASA – who always has maintained a forward-looking approach for backing up new perspectives and ideas has entailed them for funding. This inventiveness is taken under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) 2017 portfolio of Phase One.

NASA, under its NIAC program, has funded 22 high-tech ideas that are expected to encourage giant leaps in global space science and discovery down the road and these potentially revolutionary space-tech concepts will receive the lucrative amount of money and support from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program for advancing their submitted projects. Fifteen out of the 22 concepts have granted with NIAC Phase 1 endowment, which is about $125,000 for nine months’ worth of preliminary classification and investigation work.

The projects which are selected for the first phase funding include the creation of a linear in contrast to rotation-based artificial gravity system; bioengineering microbes to put Martian soil in order for cultivation; strapping up transitory variations in the masses of objects to backup interstellar spacecraft, without the needing any fuel; evacuating airship for Mars Missions; investigating Mach Effects for In-Space Propulsion; Operational Tether Experiment of Phobos L1; Gradient Field Imploding Liner Fusion Propulsion System; Massively Expanded NEA Accessibility via Microwave; Dismantling Rubble-Pile Asteroids with Area-of-Effect Soft-bots; Continuous Electrode Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion; Telescope Innovation for Asteroid Survey Missions to switch on a gold race in space; Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission; Solar Surfing; and A Direct Probe of Dark Energy Interactions with a Solar System Laboratory.

Similarly, the rest seven projects have received NIAC Phase 2 endowments, which are worth up to $500,000 for two years of the extra breakthrough. All Phase 2 grant receivers have previously been granted a Phase 1 grant, and this is the second phase endowment for empowering their revolutionary ideas. The seven projects include Development of Venus Interior Probe Using In-situ Power and Propulsion; Formation of Remote Laser Evaporative Molecular Absorption Spectroscopy Sensor System; Brane Craft Phase II; development of Stellar Echo Imaging of Exoplanets; creation of Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments; Optical Mining of Asteroids, Moons, and Planets to allow Sustainable Human Exploration and Space Industrialization; and development of Fusion-Enabled Pluto Orbiter and Lander.


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