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 astronomy and astrophysics.
Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms Dmitry Savransky Cornell University
Astrophysics and Technical Study of a Solar Neutrino Spacecraft Nickolas Solomey Wichita State University
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 two Phase II awards focused on space astronomy.
Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission Slava Turyshev NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kilometer Space Telescope (KST) Devon Crowe Raytheon
Each award is worth up to $500,000 for a two-year study. Descriptions of the awards are below.
Ball is incrementally demonstrating technology needed to deploy a large, 20-meter-diameter, lightweight space-based telescope in geosynchronous orbit as part of the Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation (MOIRE) program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Most recently, Ball completed construction and testing of one-eighth of a 5-meter-diameter annular segmented telescope to verify functionality of the MOIRE design.