NASA ROSES-19 Amendment 44: Release of DRAFT text for E.5 Applied Information Systems Research: Autonomous Robotics Research for Ocean Worlds

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019

ROSES-19 Amendment 44: This amendment release for community comment draft text for E.5 Applied Information Systems Research: Autonomous Robotics Research for Ocean Worlds.


The Applied Information Systems Research (AISR) program seeks innovative ideas for applying advanced information and related technologies to increase life cycle effectiveness and efficiency of SMD programs. This DRAFT for community comment is for an instance called Autonomous Robotics Research for Ocean Worlds (ARROW) to develop autonomy software systems to significantly increase the robustness and productivity of future Ocean Worlds lander missions.


Specifically, ARROW would seek functional and system-level autonomous capabilities for future Ocean Worlds lander missions that:


a)    increase the productivity of surface science operations;

b)    reduce the frequency of ground control contact and uplink/downlink command cycles necessary for surface science operations; and

c)    enable autonomous adaptation to spacecraft faults, degradations, failures or other unexpected conditions.


This program would not solicit technology for a flight opportunity, proposers will be required to test and demonstrate the developed technology using testbeds (see Section 2.3) developed and supported by NASA.


Comments on the draft text are due by November 18, 2019 via email to


On or about October 18, 2019, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2019" (NNH19ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on the RSS feed at:


Point of contact concerning this program is Carolyn Mercer who may be reached at   


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