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NASA’s coolest 'way-out' future projects

From space submarines to solar wind powered spacecraft, a look at the coolest space technologies

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NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program funds what it calls “visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs - radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts - while engaging America's innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.”  What that the space agency is trying to stay on the bleeding edge with legitimate projects that could one day become real missions or as NASA puts it: Turn science fiction into fact. Take a look at the projects selected this year.


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Innovative Advanced Concepts Programme

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Programme funds what it calls “visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs - radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts - while engaging America's innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.” What that the space agency is trying to stay on the bleeding edge with legitimate projects that could one day become real missions or as NASA puts it: Turn science fiction into fact. Take a look at the projects selected this year.


  • Innovative Advanced Concepts Programme
  • Probes
  • Life on Mars
  • Aragoscope
  • Asteroid capture
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  • PRIDE
  • Photon imaging
  • Titan Sub
  • Comet hitchhiker
  • New mission architecture
  • Solar wind power


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