Meet NASA innovators with visionary ideas powering new missions to the most extreme environments in and out of our solar system! 

MSI’s 2021 Inventive Genius lecture will take place online, and will feature the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope, an exciting concept for the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the Solar System, and the Venus Landsailing Rover, a wind-powered exploration device for the harsh environment of the planet Venus.

As Fellows in the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the scientists behind these projects are creating innovative, technically credible, advanced concepts that could one day "change the possible" in aerospace. MSI is proud to present From Science Fiction to Science Fact as the latest edition of a long-running partnership with NIAC.

This livestream event is free with advance registration. See more about our presenters below.

Livestream recording with additional Q&A

Livestream recording

    Tues. May 11 at 3:30 p.m.
  • For all ages
  • 1 hr.
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These NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellows will describe the latest advances in their work, discuss the discoveries that could come from these projects and take questions from curious audience members about the future of space exploration.

Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he develops novel algorithms for future multi-agent and swarm missions. He was recently named a NIAC fellow for his work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, where he specialized in probabilistic swarm guidance and distributed estimation.

Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and a science-fiction writer. As a scientist, he works for NASA on developing advanced technologies for spaceflight. He has a Ph.D. in experimental physics, holds ten patents and has been involved in a number of space missions, including the Mars Pathfinder mission, the Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Parker Solar Probe, and is a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and a member of the advisory group for the Breakthrough Starshot project.