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 three Phase I awards focused on planetary exploration.
Lofted Environmental and Atmospheric Venus Sensors (LEAVES)
Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland
Marsbee – Swarm of Flapping Wing Flyers for Enhanced Mars Exploration
University of Alabama, Huntsville
BALLET: BALloon Locomotion for Extreme Terrain
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Each award is worth up to $125,000 for a nine-month study. Descriptions of the awards are below.