STATES CHRONICLE – NASA scientists are currently working on developing stronger materials which would be suitable to build habitats and vehicles on Mars. New technologies are used to fuel the development of Mars mission. At this moment, the primary goal is to create habitats and transport vehicles which would be efficient on the Red Planet. NASA has recently approved the proposal claiming university research groups to develop necessary materials to support human presence on MARS.
The new gadgets developed aim to build stronger habitats and efficient but at the same time light vehicles by making use of carbon nanotube as being the primary material. The Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) need to exploit the skills of scientists coming from several organizations to develop advanced technologies in fields like space infrastructure and bio-manufacturing.
The primary focus will be to create self-supporting capabilities for deploy exploration missions by using Earth-independent features. Steve Jurczyk, the associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based in Washington, stated that NASA asked STRIs to exploit and analyze cutting-edge progression in technology, developing the potential for innovative impact on upcoming aerospace capabilities.
NASA prefers to ask STRI for help because their effort goes hand in hand with the strategic concentration shifting of NASA regarding deep space exploration by setting off from the low orbit of Earth. NASA is looking for technologies which could support long crewed missions while helping them to develop devices in the original place than waiting for supply cargos sent from Earth.
The STRIs has already selected some institutes like the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) and the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES). These particular research programs are meant to fuel synthesis of engineering and science to achieve the main goals within five years.
The innovative technologies were funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate which will play a crucial role in obtaining spectacular results in NASA missions. These institutes are also bound to boost the talent base of America by steering the new applications towards and beyond the aerospace realm. Each STRI will obtain $15 million to develop their technology missions. Meanwhile, the CUBES Institute will continue its research into an integrated system for producing pharmaceuticals, materials, fuel and food.
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