NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771
Description The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Space Science is releasing a DRAFT Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for community review and comment for the New Frontiers Program-2003 and Missions of Opportunity. Selections of proposals through the final AO, once released, are intended to select investigations for two different types of scientific investigations: (i) New Frontiers Mission investigations specifically for the planet Venus, the Earth's Moon, Jupiter, or a comet nucleus; and (ii) Mission of Opportunity investigations for all Solar System objects except Mars.
New Frontiers Mission investigations are to be completed through space flight missions launched on Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV's) no later than December 31, 2009, and accomplish the proposed investigation for a total NASA OSS cost not to exceed $650M in Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 dollars. Proposals submitted in response to this AO for New Frontiers Mission investigations must be for complete investigations, defined as a concept study (Phase A), preliminary design (Phase B); final design and development of all flight experiment hardware, spacecraft bus, and mission operations software and equipment (Phase C); spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations (Phase D); mission operations and data analysis (Phase E); and, if applicable and approved, extended mission operations (Phase F). Missions must include analysis and publication of data in the peer reviewed scientific literature, delivery of the data to NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS), and full implementation of an Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) program related to the mission.
Proposals that describe only portions of investigations (such as the provision of an instrument as part of a non-U.S. mission) may, if appropriate, be proposed as Mission of Opportunity (MO) investigations. In any event, an MO investigation is defined as being part of a "parent" non-OSS space mission of any size whose sponsor requires a commitment of selection and support from NASA before December 31, 2005, that may be accomplished at a cost to NASA OSS of $35M (FY 2003 dollars) or less and that addresses any of the OSS Solar System Exploration (SSE) science objectives except those concerning Mars. Such MO investigations may involve: (i) the provision of flight hardware followed by data analysis, (ii) the development of physical models and their application to both the design of the experiment hardware and/or interpretation of flight data, and/or (iii) the analysis of science data taken by the parent mission. An MO investigations may not wholly substitute for a Data Analysis program that comes more appropriately after data are placed in the archive. In any event, MO investigations are generally conducted on a no-exchange-of-funds basis with the organization sponsoring the parent mission. MO investigations may be approved through the New Frontiers Program when their perceived value is high and their proposed cost to NASA OSS is within the above funding limits.
Participation in the New Frontiers program is open to all categories of organizations, foreign and domestic, including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.
NASA welcomes critical review and comment of this DRAFT AO, which will be available on or about April 30, 2003, through May 14, 2003, via the World Wide Web site: http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_s/open.cfm . Send comments to Dr. Thomas H. Morgan, Solar System Exploration Division, Code SE, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; FAX: (202) 358-3091; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line "NFAO". The identities of those submitting comments will be held in confidence and will not be retained by NASA after the comment period activities are concluded.
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