NASA seeking proposals for space technologies to flight test


A Masten Space Systems’ technician making adjustments to NASA’s autonomous landing technologies payload on a Xodiac rocket (Image: NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich)

NASA is seeking research proposals for space technologies from industry and academia to test on suborbital launch vehicles, reduced gravity aircraft and high-altitude balloon flights.

The request for proposals is part of NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The technologies tested will be used on future space missions.

The Flight Opportunities program invests in flight tests that take technologies from the laboratory to a relevant flight environment to facilitate technology maturation, validate feasibility and reduce technical risks.

The deadline for proposals is June 8, 2018. Selections will be announced in November 2018.

NASA recommends that potential proposers and organizations should access the electronic proposal system in advance of the proposal due in order to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information.

Every organization that intends to submit a proposal must be registered with the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES).

Technical, programmatic, and procurement comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions document located on the NSPIRES page.

The Flight Opportunities program is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington and managed at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the solicitation and selection of technologies to be tested and demonstrated on commercial flight vehicles.

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May 3, 2018

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