NASA Developing Space-Bound Submarine

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NASA Developing Space-Bound Submarine

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NASA has greenlit funding for a host of projects that make Curiosity look pedestrian.

With the Curiosity rover safely installed on the surface of Mars, the future has never looked so bright for the legions of prospective space-devices vying to crowd the rover's spot in the annals of human history. To brighten their futures even further, NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program this week awarded generous funding to twenty-eight such futuristic projects. The roster of winners includes a submarine designed to explore Jupiter's moon Europa, a robot that wants to landsail across the surface of Venus, and a device that could be used repurpose the solid parts of waste water as radiation shielding. That's NASA, baby.

The projects were split into the categories of "Phase I" and "Phase II," with Phase I ideas being brand-new projects that were awarded $100,000 for one year each. The Phase II projects, of which there are ten, are described as former Phase I projects that stand ready for development. They'll receive $500,000 for two years.

Unsurprisingly, the more outlandish projects are found in the Phase I awards, including the landsailer that plans to "sail" across Venus using the planet's electromagnetic fields. We also find in Phase I something called "Water Walls," a concept where fecal matter, urine, and other such undesireable material is removed from waste water and repurposed as radiation shielding. Another winning project aims to build an air purification system that contains no moving parts.

Phase II is the home of slightly more developed projects, including the amazing-sounding V2Suit. The V2Suit is a spacesuit kitted out with an astounding array of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and associated gadgetry fitted into the limbs and body of the suit itself. The data provided by these devices will be used to instruct flywheels integrated into the suit to apply resistance to the astronaut's movements, replicating Earth-like gravity even in conditions of zero- or micro-gravity.

"These selections represent the best and most creative new ideas for future technologies that have the potential to radically improve how NASA missions explore new frontiers," said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program, commenting on the awards. "NASA is taking the long-term view of technological investment and the advancement that is essential for accomplishing our missions. We are inventing the ways in which next-generation aircraft and spacecraft will change the world and inspiring Americans to take bold steps."

Sadly, when Gazarik says "long-term," he means it: None of the weird and wonderful projects that received NIAC funding this year are expected to go anywhere near space for at least another ten years or so. Still, that doesn't mean that they won't head out to give Curiosity a run for its money at some point in the future. Dream big, right? Dream big.

Source: NASA via Wired

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Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

I've been in love with NASA since I was a kid, even after I witnessed Challenger's disaster and later Columbia. I attended Space Camp in 6th Grade and wanted to become an astronaut but personal issues got in the way and I'll probably never see space but in video and photo format since I'm no Richard Garriot.
Still its a bright day for me to see that NASA is back on the upswing and I'm hoping that we as a species realize our destiny, our future is out there beyond the stars and that NASA and programs like it are our best hope for expansion. Ever since we started the "space race" our technology has skyrocketed, but lately I feel we stagnated and lost sight of that goal. We should be exploring industry related to space travel and perhaps even set ambitious goals such as putting a small colony on the moon. If that were to ever come about and I wasn't too old, I'd jump at the chance to be part of it... The time has come for civilians to be space jockeys... In fact I believe its long past that.

This is the inherent problem with a bureaucratically created organization such as NASA, some of these projects are amazing. But say any one of them gets greenlit for actual use, it will be so long till it goes up that the technology involved will be downright obsolete.

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

I get what you are saying, but those things have nothing to do with each other. It's a fundamental fallacy to think that if money was not going to war that it would be going to something else that is definitely more deserving of the funds. War is just an excuse for the bank book. If that money is not spent on War, it is still spent, but we don't know on what. As it is with every bureaucratic system.

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

All I could think when I saw the title was "Red October... IN SPACE!!!"

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

DRTJR:

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

He's trying to say it's funny that Republicans are racist homophobes. I disagree, I just think it's sad that Republicans are racist homophobes.

Ryans Solution:
All I could think when I saw the title was "Red October... IN SPACE!!!"

I was thinking of Down Periscope.

SecondPrize:

DRTJR:

DVS BSTrD:
If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

He's trying to say it's funny that Republicans are racist homophobes. I disagree, I just think it's sad that Republicans are racist homophobes.

Well, I think it's sad that Democrats are rude, intolerant, and moronic.

But let's not call each other names when we can agree NASA is one of the single most important things that the American government does. We demean ourselves as well as our opponents from ignoring that we have differences that are valid, and not entirely in direct opposition.

If all this tech gets put to use, then i guess it'll be a compliment if someone tells you your heat shields are a pile of shit.

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

So, show them this? Yes, it's a real thing.

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Then they'd just nuke mars, and that wouldn't do us any good now would it.

Saviordd1:

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Then they'd just nuke mars, and that wouldn't do us any good now would it.

Nah, that would happen if they were also Muslim. If the aliens were just gay then they'd spend billions trying to set-up those "conversion" camps to save their souls.

I was close: When I read about the submarine in the title of the article I thought Titan. All of these projects sound really cool and even though it may take a decade or longer before any of them come to fruition, its good to know that there will be more stuff that matches curiosity and/or makes it look like jury-rigging a camera to an RC plane happening within my pre-mid-life-time.

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Red October, standing by.
......NiNjad!!!!!!!! GGGRRAAAHHHHH, damn that rarely happens to me. Knew I should of read the comments.

Well screw NASA and their plans. Me and the Japanese Space Program are just gona have to build Space Battleship Yamato.

That resistance inducing space suit sounds like a really cool idea. But it'll only feel like you have gravity, which may be a bad idea in a no gravity environment. Or I could be wrong.

Last year I read the book Ilium in which one of the main characters actually is a robot explorer in a submarine on Europa the moon of Neptune.

Aside from that it was about Olympian gods actually living on mount Olympus on Mars. So i'll be waiting for the Rover to send back some interesting pictures.

Wait a minute now - we're building a suit that controls GRAVITY?! I mean, even it's just replicating Earth conditions - holy hell!

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

They have a total of 21, and have no plans to build any more...

As for the projects, good to see that they haven't completely closed the doors at NASA. But its not entirely shocking they had a major budget cut as the Air Force has pretty much taken over Orbital flights with the X-37B.

Antari:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

They have a total of 21, and have no plans to build any more...

As for the projects, good to see that they haven't completely closed the doors at NASA. But its not entirely shocking they had a major budget cut as the Air Force has pretty much taken over Orbital flights with the X-37B.

Twas an exaggerated joke

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

Or, you can tell them something that's true: The moon Titan has 100s of times the amount of natural gasoline that our planet ever had.

Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

Have you actually been watching DC in the last two years? Because ever since they've been voted the majority in the House, they've pretty much been spear-heading what is wrong with America. It also doesn't help that Republican held-states have been butchering woman's rights at a borderline fascist fashion.

It also doesn't help they vocalized their intent on having Obama become a one-term president back during the inauguration instead vocalizing partisanship because apparently they want to enforce the same political games after these years, even if it kills the country.

Prince Regent:
Last year I read the book Ilium in which one of the main characters actually is a robot explorer in a submarine on Europa the moon of Neptune.

Europa orbits Jupiter, not Neptune. As I understand it, it's not even confirmed that there is liquid water under the ice, but it's far from impossible.

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

I must admit to snickering.

thaluikhain:

Prince Regent:
Last year I read the book Ilium in which one of the main characters actually is a robot explorer in a submarine on Europa the moon of Neptune.

Europa orbits Jupiter, not Neptune. As I understand it, it's not even confirmed that there is liquid water under the ice, but it's far from impossible.

DVS BSTrD:

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

If you want to get NASA's budget increased, just convince the Republicans that there are brown people on Mars.

And that they're gay.

I must admit to snickering.

Then you'll love this:

So I looked at the list but couldn't find a way to get more info(if there is any at the moment) about the projects, could anyone link me to an article or more detailed description for the projects "SpiderFab" and "Orbiting Rainbows".

DRTJR:

SecondPrize:
He's trying to say it's funny that Republicans are racist homophobes. I disagree, I just think it's sad that Republicans are racist homophobes.

Well, I think it's sad that Democrats are rude, intolerant, and moronic.

I don't know any Democrats that ran on a platform of being rude, intolerant or moronic (although the last one's debatable). On the other hand, the Republican Party has such lovely people as Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin.

Ryans Solution:
All I could think when I saw the title was "Red October... IN SPACE!!!"

The world could use more Space-Connery.

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

Probably more, you just can't see them...

Ryans Solution:
All I could think when I saw the title was "Red October... IN SPACE!!!"

See, I was thinking of the Gotengo...which is basically a flying submarine with a maser and a drill.

I'm just gonna say this...

TEEN TITANS DID IT FIRST!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHVDBjOz-Us&feature=player_detailpage#t=19s

Just tragic that kids today will never be astronauts

Evil Smurf:
Just tragic that kids today will never be astronauts

Kids don't want to be astronauts anymore. Why would you want to do something as dreary as going to space and being among the first to push the barrier of the final frontier when you can aspire to be a shallow, vapid, brain-dead TV star in the future version of Jersey Shore? And now I've depressed myself.

Saviordd1:
Meanwhile the US Military has just bought 100 more stealth bombers.

Stay classy America.

To quote the immortal Bill Hicks:

"Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."

If only...

FalloutJack:

Ryans Solution:
All I could think when I saw the title was "Red October... IN SPACE!!!"

See, I was thinking of the Gotengo...which is basically a flying submarine with a maser and a drill.

i was thinking more of Space Battleship Yamato
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which isnt exactly a submarine. but the captain has an epic beard.
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rhizhim:
i was thinking more of Space Battleship Yamato
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which isnt exactly a submarine. but the captain has an epic beard.
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Damn...when did the Gorton's Fisherman head into space? That is a damn fine beard, though...

CAPTCHA: I think so

I appreciate it, Captcha...but no one wants your opinion.

BTW...I was kind of thinking of YELLOW Submarine when I saw the title of this article. Unfortunately, we're expecting little green men in space...not Blue Meanies.

DRTJR:

SecondPrize:

DRTJR:
Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

He's trying to say it's funny that Republicans are racist homophobes. I disagree, I just think it's sad that Republicans are racist homophobes.

Well, I think it's sad that Republicans Democrats are rude, intolerant, and moronic.

fixed it for ya ;)

OT: quite awesome, and i'm glad they are putting money towards thinking more outside the box/long term projects.

BBboy20:

Please enlighten me to the joke, because it is inflammatory, unfunny, and just plane rude. Also consider that several Republicans ran on increasing NASA's budget.

Have you actually been watching DC in the last two years? Because ever since they've been voted the majority in the House, they've pretty much been spear-heading what is wrong with America. It also doesn't help that Republican held-states have been butchering woman's rights at a borderline fascist fashion.

It also doesn't help they vocalized their intent on having Obama become a one-term president back during the inauguration instead vocalizing partisanship because apparently they want to enforce the same political games after these years, even if it kills the country.

Yeah, it's almost as bad as signing NDAA into law. Examples of what you just said?

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