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nasaMulti-Kilometer Space Telescopes and Megameter Arrays

Rigidized polymers appear to be a feasible technology to create space telescopes larger than kilometer sizes. It should be possible to make 50 meter space telescope elements in 1000 kilometer baseline space telescope arrays. The Event Horizon Telescope at 1.3 …

nasaPulsed Fission Fusion Propulsion for Faster Manned Travel Through the Solar System

Robert Adams updated the work on a phase 2 Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept. Robert works at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. This system should be able to achieve 15 kW/kg and 30,000 seconds of ISP. This will be …

energyParachute Power for Exploring Moons and Planets with Atmospheres

Descent probe or lander power is a key resource for planetary exploration, and is a particular challenge where solar power is difficult to utilize efficiently and alternative power sources are expensive, risky, or complex. Short duration, battery-powered probes have successfully …

constructionDeveloping Low-Cost Giant Space Telescopes Adapted to Zero-G

By altering the very premise upon which all prior telescopes rely, The High Étendue Multiple Object Spectrographic Telescope (THE MOST) overcomes all of these problems: aperture, collection area, field-of-view, spectrographic performance, and compact size. Startling, THE MOST does it at …

artificial intelligenceFast Autonomous Microrovers for Rapid Exploration

There is a NASA NIAC study to develop improved exploration autonomy, in-situ 3D modeling, fast, far micro-roving and the aggregate means to achieve mission-in-a-week. The exploration autonomy includes planning of destinations and viewpoints for autonomous observations. Insitu processing computes high-fidelity …