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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 https://nspires.nasaprs.com, 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 https://tinyurl.com/NASA-22FO-F1.

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