ANSER Support to NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

ANSER Support to NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

Client: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate

The unique NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program operates out of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. NIAC funds studies of visionary concepts that offer revolutionary new ways to accomplish NASA missions. Recent studies have examined human spaceflight concepts, revolutionary propulsion, advanced in-space manufacturing, imaging distant stars, and innovative ways to explore planets, moons, and asteroids.

ANSER supported NIAC’s predecessor, the Institute for Advanced Concepts, from 1998 to 2007 and when the Institute ended, Congress directed the National Research Council to study the value of the program and determine if it should be reinstituted. The review proved highly favorable to NIAC and NASA reached out to ANSER for advice on how NIAC should be reconstituted, and NASA restarted the program in 2010.

ANSER provided a Senior Scientist to NIAC to fill one of four leadership positions and to sustain NIAC and ANSER’s association through:

  • Supporting the full project life cycle from solicitation through award, performance review, and closeout
  • Contributing to NIAC products describing process and activities that are provided to Congress and to the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other federal agencies
  • Upholding content and logistics for a major, public annual workshop featuring NIAC-funded studies

From NIAC Program Executive Jason Derleth:

“ANSER’s importance to NIAC could not be overstated. Re-establishing this controversial little research program with credibility was not easy. We worked hard to build a great program, and we have been credited with having done well. ANSER was, and continues to be, absolutely critical to this success.”

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