NASA Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled “NASA Flight Opportunities (FO): Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities” as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled “Space
Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2017 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2017).”
Applications are due on or before November 3, 2017, and selections will be announced in February 2018 (target). The solicitation is available on NSPIRES at: http://tinyurl.com/NASA-17FO-F1B
Dates for two Q&A sessions dates will be announced in the near future. The program strategically invests in the growth of the commercial spaceflight market while helping advance technologies that will enable future space missions for science and exploration.
The purpose of this Appendix is to provide funding for the testing or demonstration of crosscutting space technologies in relevant environments through flights on reusable suborbital launch vehicles, reduced gravity aircraft, and high-altitude balloons. These flight tests should fit into an overall technology maturation plan as a bridge between laboratory testing and demonstration in Earth orbit or beyond. The proposer’s organization will directly purchase the
proposed flight(s) on currently available U.S. commercial platforms of their choice.