Skip to comments.NASA funds suspended animation and other far-out space tech ideas
Posted on 07/21/2013 6:20:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The 12 selected concepts and their principal investigators are: Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion System (Rob Adams, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
Torpor-Inducing Transfer Habitat For Human Stasis To Mars (John Bradford, Spaceworks Engineering, Inc.)
Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers (Hamid Hemmati, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Dual-mode Propulsion System Enabling CubeSat Exploration of the Solar System (Nathan Jerred, Universities Space Research Association)
Growth Adapted Tensegrity Structures: A New Calculus for the Space Economy (Anthony Longman)
Eternal Flight as the Solution for 'X' (Mark Moore, NASA Langley Research Center)
Deep Mapping of Small Solar System Bodies with Galactic Cosmic Ray Secondary Particle Showers (Thomas Prettyman, Planetary Science Institute)
Biomaterials Out of Thin Air: In Situ, On-Demand Printing of Advanced Biocomposites (Lynn Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Center)
Plasmonic Force Propulsion Revolutionizes Nano/PicoSatellite Capability (Joshua Rovey, University of Missouri, Rolla)
Transformers for Extreme Environments (Adrian Stoica, Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
10-Meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (Christopher Walker, University of Arizona)
Low-Mass Planar Photonic Imaging Sensor (Ben Yoo, University of California, Davis)
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NASA should be strictly pathfinding and prospecting like Louis and Clark with private industry opening the frontier.
Human status? Riiiight. NASA currently lacks a functioning space vehicle to send men into orbit. NASA is just a typical example of the way of all centralized governments; they grow and grow and consume more and more tax dollars while doing less and less. Eventually, much like a black hole, they devour everything and emit nothing.
Hey, I suspend animation about 1/3 of the time as it is...