NASA PR — NASA released three Space Technology Program solicitations Tuesday as part of the agency’s efforts to develop innovative solutions to enable future exploration and science missions and lower the cost of other government and commercial space activities.
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program seeks transformative ideas to enable new aeronautics and space systems capabilities. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program is soliciting proposals for research and technology development for revolutionary improvements in America’s space capabilities.
NASA also is seeking Technology Demonstration Mission proposals in four areas:
- high-bandwidth deep space communication, navigation and timing;
- orbital debris mitigation or removal systems;
- advanced in-space propulsion systems; and
- autonomous rendezvous, docking, close proximity operations and formation flying.
The programs are managed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist consistent with provisions of the Authorization Act of 2010. NASA seeks proposals for all three solicitations that align with the agency’s Space Technology Roadmaps and NASA’s Grand Challenges. Awards are contingent on availability of fiscal year 2011 appropriations.
“These solicitations for innovative research and technology development, from their earliest stages through maturation and testing in flight, will provide new knowledge and capabilities for our future missions,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. “Technological leadership is how the United States is going to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.”
For more information about the solicitations, including how to submit applications, visit the “open solicitations” area of: