NASA has allocated funds for the development of innovative projects that more resemble ideas from science fiction films.
Within the framework of the innovative advanced concept program (NIAC), the Office financed several unusual technical solutions for the study and development of space. One of them is the Breeze inflatable probe to explore the planets with an extreme atmosphere. It must float over the surface of the planet at a speed of 50 km / h, collecting data on weather conditions, the composition of the atmosphere and volcanic activity.
The team from the University of New York in Buffalo plans to equip the probe by a mass spectrometer, an oil meter, high-resolution cameras in a visible and near infrared spectrum, magnetometer, anemometer, as well as sensors for measuring pressure, temperature and density of the atmosphere. Ensure their energy will be solar cells located on top of the inflatable design.
Although the surface of Venus is not suitable for habitat, scientists talk about the possibility of creating settlements at high altitude.
Another project proposed by the Colorado School of Mining Industry provides for the production of ice on space facilities by heat. Its essence is that the system accumulates the energy of the sun’s rays and sends it into well through the rods or heaters. Under the action of heat, ice melts and turns into a pair, which is trapped by traps on the outer dome, and then re-frozen for further processing.
In space, water is a very valuable resource, since in addition to obvious methods of use, it is possible to create rocket fuel from it, breaking the molecules to hydrogen atoms and oxygen.
NASA also finances the development of TEXAS A & M Engineering Spa to open operations on the surface of Mars and other planets. In addition to the fact that it will have to improve human performance, the costume has a self-healing external coating. Its electronic system of the elastic membrane records and transmits the user information about the injuries of the integrity, the threat of their occurrence and other problems with the scaffle.
Another supported idea belongs to the laboratory of the reactive movement of the US Space Department itself. The project provides for the creation of transformer robots for the study of planets and satellites with a harsh landscape. Using a minimalist design consisting of smaller robots, they will be able to change their configuration and combine with other probes, adapting to the environmental conditions. It is assumed that they will be able to work not only on the surface, but also in the aquatic environment, as well as in the atmosphere.
Financing also received a telescope development project to open the exoplanet dual-purpose DUET. Its design will allow you to better understand the worlds outside of our solar system, detecting planets, both indirectly using the methods of radial velocity and astrometry, and directly using extended spectroscopy. DUET will also receive a holographic primary lens from an annular thin membrane, which has four times the large collection area and twice the larger diameter than the largest land telescopes.
Recall that recently researchers from NASA took the first step to the development
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