10 NASA space technologies that may never see the cosmos

NASA has robots, rockets, inflatable homes and lots of other advanced technology that may never lift off.

Mixing balloons and parachuted: This one has implications beyond the moon but it also could be impacted by any space system cancellations. Researchers are developing a tool that will let engineers model and ultimately build advanced flight control systems that meld balloon and parachute technologies known as a ballute (BALLoon-parachUTE). Basically a ballute is a large, inflatable device that takes advantage of atmospheric drag to decelerate and capture a spacecraft into orbit around a planet, according to NASA which is funding Global Aerospace to build such a tool.

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