Graphic depiction of Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune’s Captured Kuiper Belt Object (Credits: Steven Oleson)
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 new ways of exploring asteroids and moons.
Dismantling Rubble Pile Asteroids with AoES (Area-of-Effect Soft-bots)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Triton Hopper: Exploring Neptune’s Captured Kuiper Belt Object
NASA Glenn Research Center
NIMPH: Nano Icy Moons Propellant Harvester
Each award is worth up to $500,000 for a two-year study. Descriptions of the awards are below.