Category Archives: NASA

NASA Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support

NASA Ames Research Center (NASA/ARC) has released the Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support RFI, NARC17ISRDS-RFI.  A draft statement of work is included.

The NASA/ARC Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI or the Division) “is part of the Exploration Technology Directorate (Code T) at the NASA Ames Research Center. Code TI conducts scientific research, develops technologies, builds applications, and infuses and deploys advanced information systems technology into NASA missions and other federal government projects. This procurement is for research, development and infusion support services to assist that effort.

The Division is a major contributor to enabling intelligent software technology research and development for NASA in all the Agency Mission Directorates. Programs currently supported by the Division include Airspace Operations and Safety, Advanced Air Vehicles, and Transformative Aeronautics Concepts, and may in the future include Integrated Aviation Systems for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD); Airborne, Space and Earth Science data pipelines and analyses, and mission operations for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD); evolving advanced space technology development and demonstration programs in the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT); Advanced Exploration Systems, Human/Robotic systems and other capability-driven programs being developed in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD); the Center’s Small Satellite Research projects, in addition to a variety of NASA inter-center work agreements such as one to provide specialized software systems for Johnson Space Center’s Mission Operations Directorate (MOD).

The Contractor shall provide research support in the following domains: artificial intelligence (AI), knowledge-based systems, knowledge discovery and data mining, information processing and sensors, prognostic signal analysis, model-based diagnostic reasoning, system fault diagnostics, prognostics, automated software methodologies, software verification, validation and safety assurance, fault-tolerant computing hardware and networking, tele-presence and tele-control of remote, mobile platforms, autonomous and adaptive control, unmanned aero and terrestrial based vehicle technologies, human-centered computing, collaborative system design, quantum computing, and distribution of research information in various formats and forums.”

Responses need to be received no later than July 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST.


NASA Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) Co-manifested Payload (CPL) RFI

NASA has announced a RFI titled “Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) Co-manifested Payload (CPL),”  NNH17ZCM001L.  Responses to this RFI are to assist NASA in planning for potential co-manifested payloads (CPL) for Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) with a planned launch on a circumlunar mission in 2021.

“EM-2 will be the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B, the first crewed mission for Orion, and an important early demonstration of critical exploration capabilities in the Proving Ground of cislunar space. The primary mission objective is to demonstrate SLS Block 1B and Orion crew capabilities. EM-2 is currently scheduled for launch on a circumlunar mission in August 2021. This RFI is intended to collect information for use by NASA to determine the feasibility of, and potential options for, CPL on EM-2 without impacting EM-2 primary mission objectives or schedule. ”

Some general areas of scientific and technological interest include but are not limited to:

  • Acquire data that can be used to help retire NASA’s Strategic Knowledge Gaps
  • Acquire data relevant to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Decadal surveys
  • Demonstrating and/or deploying cislunar infrastructure (such as space-to-Earth communications) to support future exploration missions.
  • Lunar lander or lunar resource technology demonstration(s).
  • Deep space environment investigations and/or monitoring.
  • In-space propulsion technology demonstration(s).

NASA will hold an informational teleconference for this RFI on October 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Prospective respondents should call (844) 467-4685, passcode 115646 to connect to the teleconference.  Responses to the RFI should not exceed 10 pages and are due November 7, 2016 by 4:00 pm EDT.

NASA RFI on Advancing Economic Development in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) via Commercial Use of Limited Availability, Unique International Space Station Capabilities

NASA has released an RFI on “Advancing Economic Development in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) via Commercial Use of Limited Availability, Unique International Space Station Capabilities.”

This RFI is being used to “determine private market interest in using unique ISS capabilities that have limited availability in order to advance economic development in LEO. NASA will use the results of this RFI to guide development of a possible future announcement of opportunity appropriate to the Agency’s objective of fostering a self-sustaining commercial marketplace in LEO. NASA is seeking industry ideas to stimulate economic development through the use of unique ISS capabilities such as unused common berthing mechanism (CBM) attachment ports, non-standard attachment sites or any other capability which can be used in a way not previously envisioned. NASA is also interested in operating approaches.”

Responses to the RFI are limited to 20 pages and are due July 29th by 5:00 pm CDT.


NASA Next Generation Space Relay Architecture Study Industry Briefing

NASA Glenn Research Center plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for participation in an architecture for the “definition and analysis of the Nations future space communications and navigation architecture with a focus on the Earth and Mars space relay capabilities. This future system capability will provide the next generation space and ground infrastructure to enhance space exploration and return critical science and exploration data to investigators on Earth from all regions of the solar system. The Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office at NASA leads the architecture study and manages and operates NASAs critical communications and navigation system infrastructure.

This study will define a top-level end-to-end next generation (Next Gen) architecture concept that evolves NASAs space communications and navigation networks consisting of NASA, commercial industry, other government agencies, and international space agencies assets and other supporting systems. Next Gen is broadly defined over the next 25 years to the 2040 timeframe and more specifically defined over the next 10 years to the 2025 time frame when initial Next Gen capabilities will start to become operational.”

An Industry Briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters Auditorium January 21, 2016, at 300 East Street SW, Room 1G60, Washington DC, 20546 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST. Speakers from the NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office will review the SCaN Program vision for future near Earth and Mars relay capabilities, current and future user mission needs, current capabilities, RFP objectives and procurement process. Registration for the event can be found at industry-briefing-2016/.

NASA Physical Sciences Materials Lap Open Science Campaign for Experiments on the International Space Station NRA

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) has announced the “Research Opportunities in Materials Science MaterialsLab Open Science Campaigns for Experiments on the International Space Station.”  The NRA will be be available on or about September 25, 2015 on the NSPIRES homepage at

Proposals are being solicited in the following four themes:

  1. Thermophysical Property Measurements
  2. Materials Processes Affecting Microstructure, Composition, and the Resultant Material Characteristics
  3. Biophysics, specifically the Biomaterials and Biofilms subthemes
  4. Liquid Crystals Research Using a Modified OASIS Experiment

Proposals should “define high-content experiments that explore a broad range of questions and gather a significant amount of data. These data will be made available to the global community of researchers through the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( ).”


NASA Early Stage Innovations (ESI)

NASA Logo NASA has released an appendix to the Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 NRA requesting proposals to “develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions.”

Proposals should be on one of the following seven topics:

  1. Payload Technologies for Assistive Free-Flyers,
  2. Robotic Mobility Technologies for the Surfaces of Icy Moons,
  3. Integrated Photonics for Space Optical Communication,
  4. Discrete Cellular Materials Assembly, Repair, and Reconfiguration,
  5. Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design,
  6. Atmospheric Entry Modeling Development Using Orion EFT-1 Flight Data, and
  7. High Voltage PMAD Electronics for Space Applications.

There will be approximately 12 awards.  Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible, but universities can team with other accredited U.S. universities, industry, not-for-profit entities, NASA Centers, other government agencies, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by June 12, 2015. Proposals are due on or before July 10, 2015.

NASA Spacecraft Bus Concepts to Support the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission and In Space Robotic Servicing BAA

NASA Logo NASA has released a RFI on Spacecraft bus concepts to support the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission and In Space Robotic Servicing.

This BAA is is for “formulating the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to advance technologies and gain operational experience critical for future human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit. In 2014, NASA released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to study concepts from industry in support of ARM pre-formulation activities. Eighteen study contracts were awarded in five areas: Asteroid Capture Systems, Rendezvous Sensors, Adapting Commercial Spacecraft, Partnerships Opportunities for Secondary Payloads, and Partnerships Opportunities for the Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission. The robotic segment of ARM has successfully passed its Mission Concept Review (MCR) and baselined the robotic boulder capture options. NASA is now seeking additional information from industry on a range of spacecraft implementation approaches and procurement options that may achieve further cost savings.”

This is a RFI only at this time.  Responses are due 40 days after the release of the BAA on May 18th.