NASA selects space technology concepts to support via NIAC

NASA has selected 30 proposals for funding under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme.

The concepts selected for study under NIAC were chosen based on their potential to transform our future space missions, enable new capabilities or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building and operating space systems.

Each proposal will receive approximately $100,000 (£60,989) for one year to advance the space technology concept and help NASA meet operational and future mission requirements.

Proposals include a broad range of ideas, such as changing the course of dangerous orbital debris; a spacesuit that uses flywheels to stabilise and assist astronauts as they work in microgravity; the use of 3D printing to create a planetary outpost; and multiple novel propulsion and power concepts needed for future space mission operations.