Skip to comments.Titan Balloon Among Far-Out Concepts NASA Selects For Funding
Posted on 06/09/2014 1:23:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Comet Hitchhiker: This would be a tethered spacecraft that swings from comet to comet to explore icy bodies in the solar system. First, the spacecraft harpoons a target as it makes a close flyby in order to attach a tether to the target. Then, as the target moves away, it reels out the tether while applying regenerative brake to give itself a moderate (<5g) acceleration as well as to harvest energy, the description stated.
The Aragoscope: A telescope that would look through an opaque disk at a distant object, which is different from the usual mirror arrangement.Rather than block the view, the disk boosts the resolution of the system with no loss of collecting area, the description states. This architecture can be used to achieve the diffraction limit based on the size of the low cost disk, rather than the high cost telescope mirror.
Mars Ecopoiesis Test Bed: A machine that would test how well bacteria from Earth could survive on Mars, which could be a precursor to terraforming the planet to make it more like our own. Researchers would select pioneer organisms and put them into a device that would embed itself into the Martian regolith (soil) in an area that would have liquid water. It would completely seal itself to avoid planetary contamination, release carefully selected earth organisms (extremophiles like certain cyanobacteria), sense the presence or absence of a metabolic product (like O2), and report to a Mars-orbiting relay satellite, the description states.
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This is clearly a case of the acronym being chosen first and then words picked later to fit the acronym.
Like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate
Close to randomly generated.
SHIELD is DEAD
Because Obummer and the RINOcrats are all basically HYDRA...
but fun and profitable for someone.
OK, i went to school in New York in the 60's-70's so i'm not the brightest light in the string, but i fail to see how a break can harvest energy and produce acceleration, in space...
I was thinking this article was gonna be about a kickstarter campaign for our space agency.