Sci-fi tech gets real with help from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
By William Jacobs
Posted 01.01.2005 at 5:00 pm 0 Comments
While most of NASA’s exploratory energy is expended on distant stars and planets, one small department is searching for the fantastic right here on Earth. The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is dedicated to advancing notions so complex that they might not leave the laboratory for another 10 to 40 years. These aren’t new valve designs; they are whole new technological architectures and systems.
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