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NIAC 2020 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III Selections

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
April 8, 2020
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The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program has made the following awards for 2020.


Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) on the Far-Side of the Moon
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA

John Christian
StarNAV: An Architecture for Autonomous Spacecraft Navigation by the Relativistic Perturbation of Starlight
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute     
Troy, NY

Artur Davoyan
Extreme Metamaterial Solar Sails for Breakthrough Space Exploration
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Caroline Genzale
Fueling a Human Mission to Mars
Georgia Tech Research Corporation     
Atlanta, GA

Davide Guzzetti
Flat Fabrication of Progressively Self-Assembling Space Systems
Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Benjamin Hockman
Gravity Poppers: Hopping Probes for the Interior Mapping of Small Solar System Bodies
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA

Steven Howe
Pulsed Plasma Rocket: Shielded, Fast Transits for Humans to Mars
Howe Industries LLC
Tempe, AZ

Troy Howe
High Irradiance Peltier Operated Tungsten Exo-Reflector (HI-POWER)
Howe Industries LLC     
Tempe, AZ

Gerald Jackson
Deceleration of Interstellar Spacecraft Utilizing Antimatter
Hbar Technologies, LLC     
West Chicago, IL

Matthew Kuhns
Instant Landing Pads for Artemis Lunar Missions
Masten Space Systems Inc.
Mojave, CA

Richard Linares
Dynamic Orbital Slingshot for Rendezvous with Interstellar Objects
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Philip Metzger
Aqua Factorem: Ultra Low-Energy Lunar Water Extraction
University of Central Florida     
Orlando, FL

Robert Moses
Advanced Aerocapture System for Enabling Faster-Larger Planetary Science & Human Exploration Missions
NASA Langley Research Center     
Hampton, VA

Eldar Noe Dobrea
Heat Exchange-Driven Aircraft for Low Altitude and Surface Exploration of Venus
Planetary Science Institute
Oakland, CA

Robert Romanofsky
Magneto-Inductive Communications for Ocean Worlds
NASA Glenn Research Center     
Cleveland, OH

Lynn Rothschild
An Astropharmacy
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA


David Akin
Innovative Offloading of Astronauts for More Effective Exploration
University of Maryland, College Park     
College Park, MD

Javid Bayandor
Lightweight Multifunctional Planetary Probe for Extreme Environment Exploration and Locomotion
State University Of New York, Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Troy Howe
SPEAR Probe – An Ultra Lightweight Nuclear Electric Propulsion Probe for Deep Space Exploration
Howe Industries LLC     
Tempe, AZ

Masahiro Ono
Enceladus Vent Explorer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA

Joel Sercel
Lunar Polar Propellant Mining Outpost (LPMO): A Breakthrough for Lunar Exploration & Industry
Trans Astronautica Corporation
Lake View Terrace, CA

Nan Yu
Gravity Observation and Dark energy Detection Explorer in the Solar System
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA


Slava Turyshev
Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravitational Lens Mission
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory     
Pasadena, CA