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NASA SpaceTech-REDDI-2019 Appendix F1: Tech Flights Now Open

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation titled “Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities "Tech Flights"” as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2019 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2019).” The purpose of the Appendix is to provide funding for the testing and suborbital demonstration of technologies for sustainable lunar exploration and the expansion of commercial activity in space. Selected technologies will be funded for testing on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles as a bridge between laboratory testing and demonstration in Earth orbit or beyond.

 

Mandatory abstracts are due by March 22, 2019, at 5:00 pm ET with proposals due on or before April 26, 2019. Note that the submission of a mandatory abstract is a prerequisite for submitting a full proposal. Selections will be announced in August 2019 (target). The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com, selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and selecting "Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities "Tech Flights"." To go directly to the solicitation page, visit https://tinyurl.com/NASA-19FO-F1.

 

The Flight Opportunities program will conduct two Q&A sessions to provide an overview of the Appendix and to answer questions about the proposal process. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

 

Day 1: Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019

Tech Flights 2019 F1 Q & A

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific Time

WebEx website: https://nasaenterprise.webex.com

WebEx Meeting number: 905 246 671

WebEx Meeting password: 8Umbcp9@

Teleconference number: 844-467-6272

Teleconference listen-only passcode: 3480820

 

Day 2: Thursday, Mar 7, 2019

Tech Flights 2019 F1 Q & A 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time

WebEx website: https://nasaenterprise.webex.com

WebEx Meeting number: 908 443 319

WebEx Meeting password: zNTBty$9

Teleconference number: 844-467-6272

Teleconference listen-only passcode: 3480820

 

See the solicitation page on NSPIRES for more details on the Q&A sessions and how to submit questions in advance.

 

The Flight Opportunities program within the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) strategically invests in the growth of the commercial spaceflight market by providing flight opportunities to test space exploration and utilization technologies on commercially available suborbital flight platforms. Suborbital flight opportunities take technologies from the laboratory to a relevant flight environment that facilitates technology maturation, validates feasibility and reduces technical risks for future missions. 

 

The purpose of this Appendix is to provide funding for the testing and suborbital demonstration of technologies for sustainable lunar exploration and the expansion of commercial activity in space. Technologies must address one of the following topics: 1) Supporting Sustainable Lunar Exploration and the Expansion of Economic Activity into Cislunar Space; and 2) Fostering the Commercialization of Low Earth Orbit and Utilization of Suborbital Space. Selected technologies will be funded for testing in relevant environments through flights on U.S. commercial suborbital rockets, rocket-powered lander vehicles, high-altitude balloons, and aircraft following reduced-gravity flight profiles. The proposed flight tests shall fit into an overall technology maturation plan as a bridge between laboratory testing and demonstration in Earth orbit or beyond. The proposer’s organization will directly purchase the proposed flight(s) on currently available U.S. commercial platforms of their choice. 

 

All U.S. private entities (for-profit & non-profit), Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (except NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)), and U.S. universities may propose under this Appendix. Proposing U.S. entities may include a participating foreign entity but shall not transfer any awarded funds to their foreign partner. This Appendix is applicable to external, non-NASA Principal Investigators. NASA employees and contractors may, however, participate as Co-Investigators and/or Collaborators.

 

Mandatory abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically using NASA’s proposal data system, NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com). The abstract may be submitted by the Principal Investigator; all proposals must be submitted by an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR). Detailed submission instructions are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system, ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required abstract and proposal materials well in advance of the deadlines.

 

Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Flight Opportunities Program Executive, Christopher Baker, at HQ-STMD-FO@nasaprs.com. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation. Anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

 

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