CASIS Re-issues ISS Remote Sensing RFP

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)
The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (January 13, 2014) – 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 re-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 both increase utilization of existing ISS hardware and to promote use of the station as a testbed for developing and improving new instrumentation.

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 take advantage of the unique vantage point from the ISS to observe and investigate our planet,” said CASIS Director of Portfolio Management, Warren Bates. “It will also provide researchers yet another opportunity to access our nation’s only orbiting laboratory while further diversifying CASIS’s portfolio of research capable of enhancing life on Earth.”

On November 18, 2013 CASIS suspended its original request for proposals (RFP) on remote sensing.

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

http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations/RFPRemoteSensing.aspx

Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically by 5pm EST on February 21, 2014 via the CASIS solicitations website page.