NASA Looks Into Rechargeable Venus Lander; Powered By Microwave-Beaming Atmospheric Balloon

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NASA is funding a study that may pave the way for a rechargeable lander on Venus; one that would be wirelessly charged by a floating, balloon-like companion that would collect solar power in our neighboring planet’s upper atmosphere.

Venus’ extraordinarily inhospitable atmosphere and surface have long hampered attempts to explore the planet. NASA Looks Into Rechargeable Venus Lander; Powered By ... www.forbes.com /sites/brucedorminey/2019/04/13/ nasa - looks - into - rechargeable ... NASA is funding a study that may pave the way for a rechargeable lander on Venus ; one that would be wirelessly charged by a floating, balloon-like companion that would collect solar power in our ... With surface temperatures of 450 Celsius; surface pressures 92 times that of Earth and a thick carbon dioxide-dominated atmosphere, Venus has long guarded its secrets.

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The top of the Venus atmosphere incoming solar radiation averages about 2636 watts per square meter, whereas at the top of Earth’s atmosphere, the solar constant is about 1367 watts per square-meter, Erik Brandon, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) power technologist who’s leading the study, told me.

  • Publisher: Forbes
  • Date: 2019-04-13
  • Author: Bruce Dorminey
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NASA wants to develop self-healing spacesuits, Venus landers and spider probes

The space agency’s innovative advanced concepts program is funding 18 new projects that could change how we explore the universe.

The ELaNa XI CubeSat LightSail, a citizen-funded technology demo mission launched in 2015.’ Further development of “lightsail” technology, which uses the energy from the sun to zip through space, is just one of the concepts funded by NASA in the 2019 round of NIAC awards.

Though many of the selected projects from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program seem like they’re ripped from the pages of the best science fiction novels (I’m looking at you, Heinlein and Asimov), there is a chance they will be made a reality in the next decade. SecretPlanets - Venus - Home | Facebook www.facebook.com / SecretPlanetsVenus NASA Looks Into Rechargeable Venus Lander ; Powered By Microwave-Beaming Atmospheric Balloon Thanks to innovative new technology, Venus may no longer be such a longshot for robotic landers. SecretPlanets - Venus shared a post . The NIAC program provides awards up to $500,000 to develop revolutionary technologies that will benefit human spaceflight and cosmic exploration missions.

Self-Healing Spacesuits And Spider-Inspired Probes Amongst NASA’s Latest Greenlit Projects

All space exploration began with someone somewhere going ‘Wouldn’t it be crazy if we did this?’ 3DSculptor/Shutterstock

Self-healing space suits, spider-inspired micro-probes, and a Venus lander that comes with its own floating charger may sound like classic sci-fi, but they are just some of the latest projects NASA has announced it will be funding for future space exploration.

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is entirely dedicated to the most innovative, revolutionary, and yes, maybe “out there”, but ‘ and here’s the crux ‘ credible ideas that could radically change the way we study space.

NASA Invests in Potentially Revolutionary Tech Concepts

Smart spacesuits and solar surfing may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are just two of the technology concepts NASA has selected for further research as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. NASA Looks Into Rechargeable Venus Lander; Powered By ... groups.google.com/d/msg/power-satellite-economics/1GGGIwP-yjc/c1VPnx-PCwAJ This e-mail may contain confidential information which may be protected by legal privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify us by reply e-mail or by telephone (collect if necessary), delete this e-mail and destroy any copies. The program will fund 18 studies to determine the feasibility of early-stage technologies that could go on to change what’s possible in space.

The funded technologies have the potential to transform human and robotic exploration of other worlds, including the Moon and Mars. One researcher, for example, will study an affordable way to mine the ample ice at the Moon’s polar regions. Venus | NASA www.nasa.gov / venus Venus : The Basics. Similar in structure and size to Earth, Venus ' thick, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway 'greenhouse effect.' The scorched world has temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Glimpses below the clouds reveal volcanoes and deformed mountains. Venus spins slowly in the opposite direction of most planets. NASA aims to send astronauts to land on the Moon’s South Pole in five years.

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Greetings Earthlings: There is no spoon or AI. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Dude, there was a blue light over there just now.