Monthly Archives: June 2017

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.



The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has released the Amon-Hen BAA, IARPA-BAA-17-02.  The Amon-Hen program seeks innovative, low-cost approaches for passive, ground-based interferometric imaging of GEO satellites.

“The Intelligence Community (IC) needs to ensure Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and monitor the operational status of US Government satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO). Capabilities that enhance our ability to visually monitor these satellites, particularly through passive, ground-based observation, will help address this need. These capabilities become more relevant as the total number of GEO satellites and the number of related objects (like spent fuel tanks and other debris) continue to grow and as existing GEO satellites approach the end of their operational lifetimes.

The IARPA Amon-Hen program seeks novel interferometric approaches that enable the development of low-cost imaging systems (overall system cost reductions of greater than one order of magnitude) without significantly impacting other performance capabilities when compared to existing designs.

The Amon-Hen program is envisioned as a 33-month effort that is intended to begin by March 2018. Phase 1 will last for a period of 15 months and will focus on the development of component technologies, the development of physics-based system modeling capabilities, and the development of image reconstruction algorithms. Phase 2 will be 18 months and will focus on further maturation of component technologies and subsystems to bread board capabilities enabling an end-of-phase, open sky measurement. Following the conclusion of Phase 1, down selection is possible for a variety of reasons including but not limited to underperformance. Program progress will be periodically assessed to justify program continuation. Successful completion of Phase 2 efforts may result in an additional funding opportunity to advance the results of Phase 2 to a full demonstration. The actual goals and metrics for this potential full demonstration effort will be determined at that time.”

Multiple awards are anticipated. Proposals are due August 11, 2017.  Merrick DeWitt is the Program Manager.