NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program Phase I Award: Up to $125,000 for 9 Months
Power Beaming for Long Life Venus Surface Missions Erik Brandon NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A new approach to support long duration Venus surface missions will be investigated, which will address the difficult challenge of surface power generation in such an extreme environment. The key mission concept centers on the use of a dual vehicle architecture—one vehicle is a high altitude platform that provides power generation in the more forgiving upper atmosphere of Venus, the other vehicle being a lander that stores and uses the generated power to execute the mission. These two spacecraft (and spacecraft functions) are tied together via an innovative power beaming system.
SEATTLE, WA–(LaserMotive PR – Oct 6, 2011) – LaserMotive, an independent R&D company specializing in laser power beaming and winner of the 2009 NASA sponsored Power Beaming Competition, today announced it is one of the companies named to work on the new NASA “Ride the Light” project, one of the space organization’s new space technology projects in the Game Changing Technology division to pursue revolutionary technology required for future missions.
“The technologies pursued in this effort have the potential to revolutionize both space launch and on orbit operations, we are happy to be working with LaserMotive and all of our partners to make power beaming a reality,” said Charles Taylor of NASA.
NASA PR — WASHINGTON — NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development.
The space agency has awarded approximately $3 million for concept studies to eight companies for the “Ride the Light” concept, which seeks to provide external power on demand for aerospace vehicles and other applications. NASA also has selected Amprius Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif., to pursue development of a prototype battery that could be used for future agency missions.
Although I was not able to attend this year’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Chicago, I have been able to follow it via Twitter.
X Prize Foundation Founder Peter Diamandis gave a presentation earlier today in which he outline the projects that his non-profit group wants to fund. Tweets from Robin Snelson and Donnie Lowther:
@DKLowther Diamandis: Beamed Power Launch X Prize; Asteroid Deflection X Prize–concept; Orbital Debris Removal X Prize concept. @robinsnelson X Prize wants to award $20M Prizes for Asteroid Deflection & Orbital Debris Removal — thrifty! @robinsnelson Peter Diamandis says X Prize looking at beamed power launch challenge $1M and Prize $10M @DKLowther Diamandis: Martian Life X Challenge to develop life that can survive on Mars; believes it could done in a year if funded. @DKLowther Diamandis: Putting the first civilian on the Moon is prime goal. @DKLowther Peter Diamandis: nanotechnology is going to have a major impact on space technology.
LaserMotive, an independent R&D company specializing in laser power beaming technology, has announced the appointment of company co-founder Tom Nugent as President and technology industry veteran David Bashford as Vice President of Operations.
The Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge Games originally scheduled for this summer at NASAâ€™s Dryden Flight Research Center have been postponed. The Spaceward Foundation conducts this prize competition as part of NASAâ€™s Centennial Challenge Program. The challenge this year requires teams to demonstrate devices that can climb a one-kilometer vertical cable using electrical power transmitted via a laser.
The National Space Society is looking for volunteers to help it compete the 2008 and 2009 Space Elevator Games. Bert Murray, leader of the NSS team in the power beaming competition, recently put out a call for 10-20 volunteers.
To learn more about the Space Elevator Games, visit the group’s blog.