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Advanced Concepts Laboratory

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The Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL) is situated under the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate.

ACL is a digital innovation studio that gives form to NASA spacecraft, missions, and technologies through conceptual design and visualization.

Many SACD projects are supported by the ACL, including HAVOC, PEGASUS, and Space Launch System.



Engineering Support Capabilities

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Production

  • Sound
  • Story Boarding
  • Script Writing
  • Motion Graphics
  • 3D Animation
  • Interactive Applications
  • Mixed Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Visualization
  • Simulation
     

    Design

  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Printed Materials
  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Modeling
  • CAD
  • Human Factors
  • Ergonomics
  • Product Design
  • User Interface
  • Technical Illustration
  • Concept Design


    Featured Projects

     
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    Hercules

    Hercules is a concept for a single-stage vehicle capable of doing descent to and ascent from the lunar surface, transporting both crew and cargo along the way.The vehicle could serve as the transportation system between Gateway and the Moon for future exploration missions.

    Hercules Project Summary

     
     

    HAVOC

    The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC, was a pre-formulation concept for exploring the atmosphere of Venus with a crewed airship. After exploring the atmosphere, the crew would return to Venus orbit in a small capsule (seen here) to rendezvous with their return vehicle.

    HAVOC Project Summary

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    X-57 Maxwell

    NASA’s X-57 Maxwell is an all-electric experimental aircraft designed to demonstrate multiple leading-edge technologies. The goal of the X-57 is to demonstrate that an all-electric airplane can be more efficient, quieter and more environmentally friendly than traditional gas-powered airplanes.

    X-57 Maxwell Project Summary


    ACL Projects




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    orion concept
    lidar medevac
    hercules lander at mars
    helios earth
    habitat interior
    cst concept
    two astronauts on mars
    on demand mobility concept
    solar sail grid
    hp grid
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    Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

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