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Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences


CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research


CONTACTS

Name Email Phone Room
Irfan  S. Azeem sazeem@nsf.gov (703) 292-8520   
Carrie  E. Black cblack@nsf.gov (703) 292-2426   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  14-535

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


SYNOPSIS

Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technolo­gies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences.  Space-based measurements from small satellites  also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in geospace and atmospheric sciences in many other ways.  To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research proposals  centered on small satellite missions.

The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.

To facilitate launch of the satellites as secondary payloads on existing missions, the focus of the program is on CubeSat-based satellites. Launch of the satellites will mainly be through the standardized CubeSat deployment system, the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD).  Launch of the P-PODS will be as auxiliary payloads on DOD, NASA, or commercial launches.  This will be arranged after selection and is not part of this solicitation.  This solicitation covers proposals for science missions to include satellite development, construction, testing and operation as well as data distribution and scientific analysis.


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