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Advancing NASA’s HEOMD technology using suborbital and orbital flight opportunities

Advancing NASA’s HEOMD technology using suborbital and orbital flight opportunities

Situation report from: NASA HQ
Posted: Monday May 2nd 2022

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has issued a solicitation titled “Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities ‘TechFlights'” as an appendix to the NASA (NRA) Research Announcement titled “Space Technological Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2022 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2022).

The purpose of this appendix is ​​to provide funding for the testing or demonstration of space technology in relevant environments through flights on U.S. commercial suborbital rockets, rocket-propelled landers, high-altitude balloons, and following aircraft. reduced-gravity flight profiles, as well as as payloads hosted on orbital platforms, as a bridge between laboratory testing and demonstration in Earth orbit or beyond.

A Mandatory Preliminary Proposal (MPP) is due by June 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET, with full proposals (by invitation only) by August 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Note that submission of a mandatory preliminary proposal is a prerequisite for being invited to submit a full proposal. The selections should be announced in December 2022 (target).

Technologies must address one of the following topics: 1) Cislunar/lunar surface infrastructure and capabilities, 2) In-space infrastructure and capabilities, 3) Earth observation capabilities for science and climate change.

All US private entities (profit and not-for-profit), federally funded research and development centers (except NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other government agencies ) and US universities can nominate under this appendix. Employees of NASA, JPL, other government agencies and their contractors may, however, participate as co-investigators and/or collaborators. Proposing U.S. Entities may include a Participating Foreign Entity, but must not transfer awarded funds to their foreign partner. This appendix applies to external non-NASA Principal Investigators. See section 3.0 of the schedule for complete eligibility restrictions.

The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities home page at, selecting “Open” under “Solicitations”, entering the title or solicitation number (80HQTR22NOA01-22FO_F1) in the Solicitation # / Key Information field, then selecting “Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities ‘TechFlights’.” To go directly to the solicitation page, visit

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