In an effort to help advance our understanding of all things space, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is funding six forward looking projects that involve next-generation technology to help us probe the universe.
"As NASA begins a new chapter in exploration, we're investing in these seed-corn advanced concepts of next-generation technologies that will truly transform how we investigate and learn about our universe," Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.
- Propellant-less Spacecraft Formation-Flying and Maneuvering with Photonic Laser Thrusters (Young Bae, Y.K. Bae Corporation, Tustin, Calif.)
- SpiderFab: Architecture for On-Orbit Construction of Kilometer-Scale Apertures (Robert Hoyt, Tethers Unlimited, Inc., Bothell, Wash.)
- A Gravitational WaveDetector Based on an Atom Interferometer (Babak Saif, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.)
- Super Ball Bot: Structures for Planetary Landing and Exploration (Vytas SunSpiral, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.)
- Nomadic Exploration: Following Routes of Solar Sustenance and Temperate Climate (David Wettergreen, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
- Sample Return Systems for Extreme Environments: Phase II (Robert Winglee, University of Washington, Seattle)
Just a little reminder that there is a lot more interesting tech going on in the world than just mobile devices and the other gadgets we see on a daily basis. Very cool stuff.