Release of the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO)

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018

NASA is seeking partnerships with U.S. companies focused on industry-developed space technologies that can advance the commercial space sector and benefit future NASA missions through the “Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO), 80HQTR19SOA01” released on Oct. 2, 2019 by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).
With this ACO, NASA continues to embrace partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. NASA’s STMD is seeking potential partnerships that will focus on advancing commercially-developed technologies that can benefit both the commercial and government use of space. NASA is seeking to provide technical expertise, test facilities, hardware, and software to accelerate the development and availability of these technologies and reduce costs associated with their implementation and use.
For this ACO, STMD is inviting proposals for developing commercial capabilities in these Technology Focus Areas that would also be relevant to near-term and future exploration missions.
Advanced communications, navigation, and avionics
Advanced Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)
Advanced materials
Autonomous operations
Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL)
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)
In-space manufacturing and on-orbit assembly
Space technologies that enable humans to safely and effectively operate in various space environments

Key Dates: 
Release Date: October 2, 2018

MPP (Mandatory Preliminary Proposal) Questions Due:  November 20, 2018
MPPs Due: December 5, 2018 (5 p.m. Eastern)
Feedback Provided: February 28, 2019 (target)
Final Proposal Questions Due: April 18, 2019
Final Proposals Due: May 15, 2019 (5 p.m. Eastern) (target)
Selection Announcement: July 31, 2019 (target)
Project Start Date: October 1, 2019
To view the ACO solicitation, visit:!

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