NanoWorld Journal - Space Section, with Emphasis on SWaP

Thakoor Anilkumar

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA

The high cost of escaping Earth’s gravity is the dominant factor that continues to limit large scale exploration and exploitation of space. With continuous technology advances, the cost of space launch is gradually decreasing, however, it is still several thousand dollars per kilogram. Lowering the cost of access to space therefore remains a major policy objective for space agencies all over the globe. A large fraction of the weight of a rocket is fuel and expendable rocket stages. Recent introduction of the reusable rocket stages is a major step in reducing the launch cost. Work is also underway to develop alternatives such as ground-based, beamed energy propulsion, which would revolutionize space launch systems.

Significant reduction in Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of spacecraft sub-systems while enhancing their performance levels remains a major focus of research and development in aerospace technology communities, clearly seen for example, as a common theme throughout the comprehensive 10-year Technology Roadmaps ( published by NASA in 2015.

In general, advances in nanotechnology are expected to have a broad impact on space missions specifically through engineered materials and structures for spacecraft, on-board power generation, power distribution, as well as energy storage; and sensors, actuators, electronics, and space instruments; in improving their performance, damage tolerance, safety, environmental durability and longevity; while reducing their overall mass, power consumption, and size.

The NanoWorld journal provides a multidisciplinary, broad forum for publication of original research results, advanced technology development, as well as “out-of-the-box” concepts for dramatic reduction in SWaP aimed at aerospace systems.

Thakoor Anilkumar
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Associate Editor – NanoWorld Journal

*Correspondence to:

Dr. Anilkumar P. Thakoor
Supervisor, Bio-Inspired technologies and
Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
CA 91109, USA

Received: August 9, 2016
Accepted: August 16, 2016
Published: August 17, 2016

Citation: Thakoor AP. 2016. NanoWorld Journal - Space Section, with Emphasis on SWaP. NanoWorld J 2(2): 24.

Copyright: © 2016 Thakoor. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY) ( which permits commercial use, including reproduction, adaptation, and distribution of the article provided the original author and source are credited.

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