E’ il momento giusto di spedirle alla NASA!
December 16, 2005
Nancy Neal-Jones/Bill Steigerwald
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(301) 286 0039/5017
NASA SEEKS INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS
The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts is seeking revolutionary
ideas to advance the Vision for Space Exploration. Interested parties
from outside the agency are invited to submit 2006 Phase 1 proposals
by February 13, 2006.
The focus for solicitations is on revolutionary, advanced concepts for
architectures and systems that meet NASA mission “grand visions.” The
institute’s intention is to discover ideas that may result in
beneficial changes to NASA’s long-range plans.
“The institute employs a team of experts in science and technology to
review proposals. Successful proposals are highly imaginative but
grounded in reality,” said Dr. Robert Cassanova of the Universities
Space Research Association, the director of the NASA Institute for
Advanced Concepts. The Universities Space Research Association runs
the institute for NASA.
Previous winning proposals include systems or concepts for a
spacecraft propelled by a magnetized beam of electrified gas for
rapid interplanetary transportation; an electrostatic radiation
shield for a lunar base; and the redesign of living organisms to
survive on Mars.
The institute sponsors research in two phases. Proposals selected for
Phase 1 awards typically receive as much as $75,000 for a six-month
study that validates the viability of the concept and identifies
challenges that must be overcome. Phase 1 studies are evaluated using
major feasibility criteria associated with cost, performance,
development time, and technology. The most promising are selected for
further research, through a Phase 2 award. Phase 2 studies can be up
to two years long and receive as much as $400,000.
Phase 1 awards will be announced in April or May 2006. The institute
awards about one dozen Phase 1 study contracts per year. The
institute encourages submission of proposals via the Internet. More
information, including detailed submission instructions and a
proposal package, is available on the Web at:
Information about the institute, including reports on previously
selected proposals, is available on the Web, at:
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: