Mars Critical Data Products Program, round X – RFP posted for Mars 2020 Landing Site Characterization

The Mars Exploration Program has issued, in August 2015, a Request for Proposal for round X of the Mars Critical Data Products program (  This RFP provides support for landing site surface and atmosphere characterization for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The intent is to convert mission data and numerical simulations into products focused on specific landing site targets (to be provided by the program) that will be useful for reducing the risk to the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Details of this RFP are posted at: or

Requested data products are for (1) Radar Reflectivity, (2) Surface Thermophysical Properties, (3) Surface Pressure Predictions, and (4) Dust Events during Mars 2020 Entry Descent and Landing (EDL). Proposals are due Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 3:00 PM (Pacific).