The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) office funds studies into all sorts of leading and beyond leading edge ideas for space development. This past week NIAC held its fall symposium in Seattle, Washington –

Many interesting talks were given and you can see them in the archive at 2015 NIAC Fall Symposium on Livestream.

Some examples:

* Keynote Address Greg Bear, Science Fiction Author

* Four talks by:

  • William Engblom, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Virtual Flight Demonstration of Stratospheric Dual-Aircraft Platform
  • John Graf, NASA JSC, Thirsty Walls – A new paradigm for air revitalization in life support
  • Michael Hecht, MIT Haystack Observatory, A Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By
  • John Lewis, Deep Space Industries, In-Space Manufacture of Storable Propellants

*  Four talks by:

  • Larry Paxton, Johns Hopkins University, CRICKET: Cryogenic Reservoir Inventory by Cost-Effective Kinetically Enhanced Technology
  • Joel Sercel, ICS Assoc., APIS (Asteroid Provided In-Situ Supplies):100MT Of Water from a Single Falcon 9
  • Adrian Stoica, NASA JPL, WindBots: persistent in-situ science explorers for gas giants
  • Nelson Tabirian, BEAM Engineering for Advanced Measurements Co., Thin-Film Broadband Large Area Imaging System

* Three talks by:

  • Melville Ulmer, Northwestern University, Aperture: A Precise Extremely large Reflective Telescope Using Re-configurable Elements
  • Joseph Wang, Univ. Southern California, CubeSat with Nanostructured Sensing Instrumentation for Planetary Exploration
  • Marco Pavone, Stanford University, Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies