The  NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program provides modest grants to immodest proposals of leaps forward in all manner of marvelous technologies. NIAC held its latest symposium this past week and grantees gave reports on their projects: Stanford Hosts NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium- NASA.

Videos of the talks, which includes several keynotes, have been posted online : NIAC2014 – Livestream. Since the videos typically combine two or three talks together, I went through the agenda shown below and inserted links to the video corresponding to a given group of speakers. I also embedded a sampling of three videos.

Presumably at some point the presentation files will be posted as well.


Prof. Charbel Farhat, Jay Falker on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Prof. Charbel Farhat Chair of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
Introduction & Overview

Jay Falker, NIAC Program Executive

Jamie Hyneman of Mythbuster and S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Jamie Hyneman, Host & Executive Producer of Mythbusters
“Innovation, Explosives and the Benefit of Adolescent Behavior”

S. Pete Worden, Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Jamie Hyneman & Pete Worden
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Robert Winglee, David Wettergreen, Gary Hudson on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Robert Winglee, University of Washington, Seattle, 2013 Phase II Fellow
Sample Return Systems for Extreme Environments

David Wettergreen, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013 Phase II Fellow
Nomadic Exploration: Following routes of solar sustenance and temperate climate

Gary Hudson, Space Studies Institute
“A Matter of Some Gravity”

Robert Winglee,  David Wettergreen, & Gary Hudson
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S. J. Ben Woo, Christopher Walker, Adrian Stoica, Joshua Rovey on NIAC2014 – Livestream
S. J. Ben Yoo, University of California, Davis, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Low-Mass Planar Photonic Imaging Sensor

Christopher Walker, Univ. of Arizona, 2013 Phase I Fellow
10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR)

Adrian Stoica, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Transformers For Extreme Environments

Joshua Rovey, University of Missouri, Rolla, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Plasmonic Force Propulsion Revolutionizes Nano/PicoSatellite Capability

Bong Wie, William Whittaker, Shayne Westover on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Bong Wie, Iowa State University, 2012 Phase II Fellow
An Innovative Solution to NASA’s NEO Impact Threat Mitigation Grand Challenge and Flight Validation Mission Architecture Development

William Whittaker, Astrobotic Technology, Inc., 2012 Phase II Fellow
Cavehopping Exploration of Planetary Skylights and Tunnels

Shayne Westover, NASA Johnson Space Center, 2012 Phase II Fellow
Radiation Protection and Architecture Utilizing High Temperature Superconducting Magnets

Wednesday, February 5

Jay Falker, Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google on NIAC2014 -Livestream
Jay Falker, NIAC Program Executive

Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google Inc.
Live and Learn: How Big Data and Machine Learning Power the Internet

Babak Saif, Vytas SunSpiral on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Babak Saif, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 2013 Phase II Fellow
A Gravitational Wave Detector Based on an Atom Interferometer

Vytas SunSpiral, NASA Ames Research Center, 2013 Phase II Fellow
Super Ball Bot – Structures for Planetary Landing and Exploration

Lynn Rothschild, Thomas Prettyman, Mark Moore, Anthony Longman on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Lynn Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Center, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Biomaterials out of thin air: in situ, on-demand printing of advanced biocomposites

Thomas Prettyman, Planetary Science Institute, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Deep Mapping of Small Solar System Bodies with Galactic Cosmic Ray Secondary Particle Showers

Mark Moore, NASA Langley Research Center, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Eternal Flight as the Solution for ‘X’

Anthony Longman, Anthony P. Longman, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Growth Adapted Tensegrity Structures – A New Calculus for the Space Economy

Berok Khoshnevis, John Slough, Kendra Short, Joe Ritter on NIAC2014 –  Livestream
Berok Khoshnevis, University of Southern California, 2012 Phase II Fellow
ISRU-Based Robotic Construction Technologies for Lunar and Martian Infrastructures

John Slough, MSNW LLC, 2012 Phase II Fellow
The Fusion Driven Rocket: Nuclear Propulsion through Direct Conversion of Fusion Energy

Kendra Short, NASA JPL, 2012 Phase II Fellow
Printable Spacecraft: Flexible Electronic Platforms for NASA Missions

Joe Ritter, Neoteric Physics, Inc., 2012 Phase II Fellow
OCCAMS: Optically Controlled and Corrected Active Meta-material Space Structures

Berok Khoshnevis, John Slough, Kendra Short, & Joe Ritter
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Thursday, February 6

Jay Falker, Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute on NIAC2014 – Livestream
NIAC Phase II Q&A and Other Topics
Jay Falker, NIAC Program Executive

Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
“Finding Cosmic Company: A Transformative Event of the 21st Century”

Robert Hoyt, Young K. Bae on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Robert Hoyt, Tethers, Unlimited, Inc., 2013 Phase II Fellow
SpiderFab: Architecture for On-Orbit Construction of Kilometer-Scale Apertures

Young K. Bae, Y.K. Bae Corporation, 2013 Phase II Fellow
Propellant-less Spacecraft Formation-Flying and Maneuvering with Photonic Laser Thrusters

Nathan Jerred, Hamid Hemmati, John Bradford, Rob Adams on NIAC2014 – Livestream
Nathan Jerred, Universities Space Research Association, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Dual-mode Propulsion System Enabling CubeSat Exploration of the Solar System

Hamid Hemmati, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers

John Bradford, SpaceWorks Engineering, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitat For Human Stasis To Mars

Rob Adams, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 2013 Phase I Fellow
Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion System

David Miller, Dmitry Strekalov, Kevin Duda on NIAC2014 – Livestream
David Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012 Phase II Fellow
High-Temperature Superconductors as Electromagnetic Deployment and Support Structures

Dmitry Strekalov, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2012 Phase II Fellow
Ghost Imaging of Space Objects

Kevin Duda, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., 2012 Phase II Fellow
Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for Space Habitation and Exploration