The genius is in the generalities, and not the details,
The new idea creates a pathway that addresses a roadblock,
It inspires others to produce useful science and further elaboration of the fundamental
idea, It contributes to a shift in the world view,
It triggers a transformation of intuition.
The 20th century heralded breaking the bonds with Earth with controlled,
powered flight and the great leap into space. To some extent, the 20th
century's plateau of human accomplishment in flight and space travel
was seeded over the last few hundred years by dedicated explorers of nature
on a scale as large as the universe and as small as the smallest atomic
The 21st century will build on the last century's explosion of scientific
creativity and discovery ranging from the atom to the cosmos
Inspiring revolutionary advanced concepts begins with a foundation of creative and innovative thinking extending throughout and beyond the traditional aerospace communities. NIAC seeks to encourage a broad cross-section of innovators and seeks to inspire unbridled thinking across age groups
NIAC nurtures a diverse cross-section of innovative researchers in established and emerging technical disciplines, providing highly visible technical leadership and support to researchers creating paradigm-changing concepts. NIAC then orchestrate the open analyses of these concepts by NASA and the technical community at large.