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Wichita State professor wins NASA award for innovative concept

Could revolutionize space exploration

April 20, 2018 - 8:17 am

Wichita State University physics professor Nickolas Solomey has won one of NASA's Innovation and Advanced Concept Awards (NIAC) for his research to create a neutrino detector for close sun orbit.

The award includes approximately $125,000 over nine months to support initial definition and analysis of the concept.

NASA selected 25 early-stage technology proposals that have the potential to transform future human and robotic exploration missions, introduce new exploration capabilities and significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems.

Solomey's research focuses on the creation of spacecraft and detector technology capable of operating close to the sun. This technology is needed, he says, to study the sun's solar interior to better understand its future expected changes, as well as fundamental physics that involve the sun.


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