ANSER | NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program
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NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program

Client: NASA

Mission Area: Science & Technology

Innovation is critical to America’s future. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is recognized as a global leader in the development of visionary technology, but even NASA needs help finding that next great idea when the sky is literally no longer the limit.

With support from our ANSER operating unit, NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has been helping our Nation’s space program do just that. Over the past two years our analysts have supported the selection of projects ranging from advanced propulsion technologies, and micro rovers to power beaming. Each of these programs has the potential to “change the game” when it comes to space travel and exploration. Tasks we support on a daily basis include:

  • Formulating NIAC policy, strategy, and future direction
  • Supporting the solicitation and selection of revolutionary concepts for further study
  • Participating in outreach to the public and technical communities
  • Supporting technical reviews of NIAC funded studies

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” Those words were written in 1980 by the late Carl Sagan in his book Cosmos and we believe they hold a timeless relevance. Similar to NASA, Analytic Services was established in 1958. Throughout our 50 plus year history we have been instrumental in balancing imaginative ideas against the realities of performance, schedules, and budgets while having the acumen to manage their incorporation into the wider strategic picture.

Innovative Technologies at NASA

At the advent of the Cold War, competition between the United States and Soviet Union covered everything from alliances with non-aligned nations, and athletic events to the “space race”. When the Soviets launched the satellite Sputnik 1 in 1957, the sense that our Nation was losing this “race” was the impetus for NASA’s establishment.

Stood up in 1958, just three short months after the Sputnik launch, “to provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere” *, NASA has been a world leader in the development of space technologies. Beginning with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs through the International Space Station and the recently retired Space Shuttle, NASA has been innovating in space so that those of us on the ground can lead better lives.

*A Brief History of NASA, nasa.gov

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ANSER Projects, Science & Technology