CLEVELAND - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland have announced a solicitation for partners in the development of technology for future planetary missions as part of the Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) program.
NASA's announcement of opportunity (AO) specifically is looking for partners to support the development of spacecraft-based instrument components and systems that show promise for use in future planetary missions in support of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Planetary Science Division (PSD). These instruments are intended to enable new science by significantly improving instrument measurement capabilities for planetary science missions.
The objective of the program is to develop low Technology Readiness Level (TRL 1-3) instruments to the point where they may be proposed in response to the Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program, C.13 of ROSES.
The proposers to this AO should identify one of the most qualified persons as a point of contact be become, potentially, a Co-I on the GRC-led proposal. Respondents should also identify potential roles they offer to development activities leading to instrument systems in support of the Science Mission Directorate's (SMD) Planetary Science Division.
The objectives of the program are to develop new technologies that significantly improve instrument measurement capabilities for planetary science missions. GRC's focus includes instruments capable to conduct science-related missions in a range of planetary environments. GRC interests include, but are not limited to lunar related science, technologies, instruments and laboratory experiments, and missions.
NASA says that they are interested in science and technology partners are interested in technologist roles on, and support of, focused Lunar missions such as probes, landers, rovers, and/or supporting orbiters. This includes facilities to support such development; interested in and have experience and capabilities developing science goals, analyzing, and processing scientific measurements to address science questions including those related to geophysics and geochemistry. Finally, NASA seeks partners interested in cooperatively developing instruments and subsystems to make desired science measurements. Examples may include lunar instruments, flight payloads, support hardware, and experiments. Of particular interest are instruments related to neutron energy spectroscopy.
Respondents should identify potential which of the three roles they wish to perform.
All questions pertaining to this notice should be sent via email to [email protected]. Questions are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on 1 September 2023. More information is available at https://sam.gov/opp/7b0f8a45bba241fbb34cc1a15d4eeefa/view.