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Amendment #6 to SALMON-3 AO Creates New Proposal Opportunity via PEA M 2018 Heliophysics Science Mission of Opportunity

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces the addition of Program Element Appendix (PEA) M to the omnibus NASA Announcement of Opportunity entitled Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3 NNH17ZDA004O). PEA M is the 2018 Heliophysics Science Mission of Opportunity NNH17ZDA004O-HPSMO.
 
Investigations may target any heliophysics scientific investigation that advances the objectives of this PEA. Investigations that address NASA goals in other areas, such as astrophysics, Earth science, or planetary science, are not solicited.
 
Three Mission of Opportunity types may be proposed: (1) Partner Missions of Opportunity (PMOs) may include CubeSats and International Space Station (ISS) payloads, (2) New Missions using Existing Spacecraft (NMESs), and (3) Small Complete Missions (SCMs). SCMs include investigations on the International Space Station (ISS), commercial hosted payloads, CubeSats or suborbital-class missions (an investigation requiring flight on a high-altitude scientific balloon platform (e.g. Super Pressure Balloon (SPB), Long-Duration Balloon (LDB)), or on a suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV).
 
Investigations will be cost capped, including all mission phases, reserves, and the cost of accommodation on and/or delivery to the host mission. The intended cost caps are:
 
·         $75M (FY19) for SCMs utilizing NASA-PEA-provided IMAP ESPA Grande access to space.
·         $55M (FY19) for SCMs and PMOs not utilizing NASA-PEA-provided IMAP ESPA Grande access to space.
·         $35M (FY19) for suborbital-class SCMs.
 
This opportunity solicits proposals for science investigations requiring the development and operation of space-based investigations. The projects are designated as Category 3 as defined in NPR 7120.5E, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements. The payloads are designated as Class D as defined in NPR 8705.4 consistent with the new NASA Science Mission (SMD) Class-D Tailoring/Streamlining Decision Memorandum, except for PMOs, which depend on host mission’s risk classification requirements that must be specified in the proposal. See: https://soma.larc.nasa.gov/standardao/ClassD.html.
 
Proposal selection and award will be implemented according to the guidelines set forth in Section 7.4 of the SALMON-3 AO and of PEA M.  Forthcoming schedule updates, agenda, and logistics for the August 23, 2018 Pre-proposal Web Conference may be found at: https://soma.larc.nasa.gov/2018HelioMO/preprop-webex.html
 
Notification proposals due September 17, 2018
Proposals due November 13, 2018
Selection for competitive Phase A studies  July 10, 2019
Concept study reports due May 11, 2020
Down-selection November 9, 2020
 
Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the Heliophysics Science MO Acquisition Page at https://soma.larc.nasa.gov/2018HelioMO/. Address questions to Dr. J. Daniel Moses, Heliophysics Science MO Lead Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC  20546; Email: hq-hpdmo@mail.nasa.gov. Answers will be posted on the Acquisition Page above. Anonymity of those who submit questions will be preserved.

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