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NASA's investing in self-healing spacesuits, spider probes and Venus landers


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NASA's investing in self-healing spacesuits, spider probes and Venus landers

The space agency's innovative advanced concepts program will fund 18 new projects that could change how we explore the universe.

 
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The ELaNa XI CubeSat LightSail, a citizen-funded technology demo mission launched in 2015.  Further development of "lightsail" technology, which uses the energy from the sun to zip through space, is just one of the concepts funded by NASA in the 2019 round of NIAC awards.

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Robotic "power beaming" landers on the surface of Venus, micro-probes inspired by spiders, a self-healing spacesuit and mining the lunar poles are part of a suite of projects NASA just greenlit for further study.

 

Though many of the selected projects seem like they're ripped from the pages of the best science fiction novels (I'm looking at you, Heinlein and Asimov), there is a chance they will be made a reality in the next decade. Funding is provided by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program and awards up to $500,000 to develop revolutionary technologies that will benefit human spaceflight and cosmic exploration missions.

 

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