I hope this missive finds everyone well, and Happy New Year to all. It's been a while since I have been able to sit still at the computer long enough to compose a message to you, so I wanted to reassure you that I am alive and well, and excited about moving NGST forward another year.
The new year has started off with a flurry of activities. We just received a proposal from the Institute for their work on NGST from now through launch plus a year. The procurement action for the Prime downselect continues, and the AO for instruments is in full play. We had a rigorous set of project reviews just before the holiday break - the GSFC Office of Mission Assurance's Mission Definition Review (MDR) for 2 days, followed by an (independent, HQs-sponsored) Initial Confirmation Assessment (ICA). These two reviews began the formal transition from Phase A to B. I think the team did very well, especially considering all the other activities going on, although suffice it to say the reviews were intense, and we've got some actions to work off before we are done, not to mention a briefing to the Associate Administrator. And now we all have to break in a new Administrator, Mr. Sean O'Keefe.
John Mather asked me to mention once again that the NGST NIRCAM and science team Announcement of Opportunity was released Nov. 30, 2001. Headquarters aims to solicit a camera and numerous Science Working Group and Mid IR Science Team members. Please look at this AO at http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_s/nra/current/AO-01-OSS-05/index.html and submit your proposal by the deadline of March 5.
The following is an excerpt from the AO, listing the categories of proposals being requested:
* develop and use scientific instrumentation capable of achieving the imaging goals of NGST in the near infrared (NIR: defined as 0.6-5+Ám) wavelength regime (hereafter called NIRCam Principal Investigator [NIRCam PI] investigations); or
* participate in the development, integration, and test of the facility mid-infrared (MIR: defined as 5-28 +Ám) instrument (MIRI) in addition to using data from the instrument (MIRI Science Lead investigations and MIRI Science Team Member investigations); or
* conduct interdisciplinary investigations using data taken by the reference observatory and reference instrument set, as well as actively participate in NGST facility and telescope development (Facility Scientist investigations and Telescope Scientist investigations); or
* conduct interdisciplinary investigations using data taken by the reference observatory and reference instrument set and participate in the science oversight of the NGST development (Interdisciplinary Scientist [IDS] investigations). Well, that's it for this time. My New Year's resolution is to try to be a little more communicative with you, to the extent that I can, given all the procurement sensitive stuff going on. yours,
Bernard D. Seery
Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Project Manager
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Mail Code 443, Bldg. 22/308
Greenbelt, MD 20771
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