NASA Innnovative Advanced Concepts program

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is supporting some of the most interesting and creative ideas in space exploration.

Examples:

Titan Aerial Daughtercraft

A small (< 10 kg) rotorcraft that can deploy from a balloon or lander to acquire close-up, high resolution imagery and mapping data of the surface, land at multiple locations to acquire microscopic imagery and samples of solid and liquid material, return the samples to the mothership for analysis, and recharge from an RTG on the mothership to enable multiple sorties.

Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken

A submersible autonomous vehicle to explore Titan’s largest northern sea, Kraken Mare. This craft will autonomously carry out detailed scientific investigations under the surface of Kraken Mare, providing unprecedented knowledge of an extraterrestrial sea and expanding NASA’s existing capabilities in planetary exploration to include in situ nautical operations.

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