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NASA Seeks Innovative Ideas for Revolutionary Concepts
The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts is seeking revolutionary ideas to advance the Vision for Space Exploration. Interested parties from outside the agency are invited to submit 2006 Phase 1 proposals by February 13, 2006.
The focus for solicitations is on revolutionary, advanced concepts for architectures and systems that meet NASA mission "grand visions." The institute's intention is to discover ideas that may result in beneficial changes to NASA's long-range plans.
Originally posted by Murcielago
to be able to melt a (possibly) mile of solid ice, since drilling isn't a good idea
Originally posted by paperplane_uk
Big questions were raised as to wheteher this constituted a weapon of mass destruction in space (i.e banned under international treaty)
Originally posted by Eddie Peoples
Personally I think when you go faster than the speed of light you just get somewhere really quickly, I really don’t see why you need to achieve infinite mass or anything.
I propose a scientific station on the top of the Space Elevator (when it's built), which is basically a lab on a big tether. As the Space Elevator counterweight is currently estimated to be a mid-sized asteroid 36 000 km or so out into space