Thirteen universities recently received grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program worth as much as $500,000 each. The goal of this program is to accelerate the development of space technologies in their earliest stages to enable future systems capabilities and missions for NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.

“NASA’s Early Stage Innovations grants provide U.S. universities the opportunity to conduct research and technology development to advance NASA’s scientific discovery and exploration goals,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. “Partnering with academia in advancing these critical areas of research ensures we are engaging the best and brightest minds in enabling the agency’s future robotic and human space flight missions.”

The following selected proposals address transformational technologies in a variety of areas:

High Fidelity Modeling of Parachute Inflation Dynamics

Modeling and Simulation-Based Certification of Additive Manufacturing Processing Parameters

Electric Propulsion Physics Theory and Model Development

Modeling Radiation Failure Mechanisms in Wide-bandgap Semiconductor Materials to Power Devices

Advanced Telescope Architecture Technologies and Optical Components

Autonomous Planning for Human Spaceflight

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