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 three Phase I awards focused on advanced propulsion.
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Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Advanced Diffractive MetaFilm Sailcraft
Rochester Institute of Technology
Radioisotope Positron Propulsion
Each award is worth up to $125,000 for a nine-month study. Descriptions of the awards are below.