NASA Smallsat Technology Partnerships Solicitation

NASA is extending an opportunity to college and university teams to propose small spacecraft technology projects that they can conduct in collaboration with NASA researchers.  The Smallsat Technology Partnerships solicitation is being issued by the Small Spacecraft Technology Program as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s NASA Research Announcement for 2015.

NASA expects to competitively select about eight projects from among those proposed by university teams, which can form proposal partnerships with researchers from any of NASA’s ten field centers.  Awards for each project will include up to $100,000 to each university team per year.  In addition, NASA will fund the time for one NASA employee to work with each selected team.  Project funding is for one year with the potential to continue for a second year.

Proposed projects could involve laboratory work to advance a particular spacecraft technology or the development of a new smallsat.  NASA will be accepting proposals in four topic areas: 1) precise attitude control and pointing systems for cubesats, 2) power generation, energy storage, and thermal management systems for small spacecraft, 3) simple low-cost deorbit systems, and 4) communications and tracking systems and networks.

Proposals are due by June 8, 2015.

The appendix document, is available through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System website by going to:http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={EE5E8712-1E80-3B5C-23B9-7F80A1F1689A}&path=open

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