The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program recently awarded 25 grants for the development of visionary new technologies. Here we’re going to take a closer look at the following three Phase II awards focused on advanced propulsion.
Mach Effect for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission
Space Studies Institute, Inc.
A Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Each award is worth up to $500,000 for a two-year study. Descriptions of the awards are below.