CASIS Issues Remote Sensing RFP

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., October 17, 2013 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, today issued a solicitation for proposals in the field of remote sensing.

This solicitation seeks proposals focused on terrestrial benefit via Earth observations, atmospheric science, planetary science or remote sensing of space. CASIS aims to (1) use existing hardware or (2) develop and deploy new sensors or instrumentation for remote sensing on the National Lab.

The National Lab provides a premier vantage point from which to conduct studies of Earth. Its specific location in low Earth orbit make this platform advantageous; it covers 90% of Earth’s population, and imagery captured from station has improved spatial resolution and variable lighting when compared with many traditional Earth observation platforms. The introduction of this improved platform has great implications for the field of remote sensing.

Remote sensing is a diverse and profitable field with top segments grossing into the billions. Major segments include weather forecasting, right-of-way investigations, intelligence gathering, public health and agriculture. Industry experts indicate that the space station is well suited for use in right-of-way inspections, urban planning and forestry remote sensing applications; but it is not limited to these categories. Through access to the National Lab, CASIS provides a unique and affordable opportunity to advance the field of remote sensing and address unmet needs in many segments.

“This solicitation will not only result in additional uses for the National Lab but also bring innovation to the entire field of remote sensing,” said CASIS Director of Portfolio Management Warren Bates. “Utilizing the unique vantage of the ISS to observe and research Earth opens a new window of possibilities and breakthroughs to better understand our planet.”

For additional information about this RFP, including instructions and information regarding remote sensing research, CASIS and the ISS please visit:

Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically by 5pm EST on November 21, 2013 via the CASIS solicitations website page.