Status Report

Announcement of Opportunity for the Explorer Porgram: Small Explorers (SMEX) and Missions of Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2003
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General Information

  • Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
  • Solicitation Number: AO-03-OSS-02
  • Posted Date: Jan 09, 2003
  • Original Response Date: May 02, 2003
  • Original Archive Date: Jan 09, 2004
  • Current Archive Date:
  • Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Space Science (OSS) is releasing a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO 03-OSS-02) for the Explorer Program: Small Explorers (SMEX) and Missions of Opportunity. NASA intends to select two SMEX missions to launch by August 2007 and August 2008. A Mission of Opportunity, including participation in non-OSS space missions, long duration balloon or ISS investigations, or new science mission extensions, may also be selected.

The science objectives covered by the AO include those in the currently defined OSS science themes of the Astronomical Search for Origins, the Sun-Earth Connection, and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. Refer to the OSS World Wide Web homepage at for further information about these themes. Participation is open to all categories of organizations, foreign and domestic, including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organization, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation will be open from February 3, 2003, through May 2, 2003. Upon the release date, the full text of the AO and all appendices will be available electronically via the World Wide Web site (select “Office of Space Science”).

A preproposal conference will be held February 21, 2003, in Greenbelt, MD; see for details. For those not having access to the Internet, a printed copy of the AO may be obtained by written request to Dr. Paul Hertz, Explorer Program Scientist, Code SZ, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. FAX: (202) 358-3096; or E-mail: [email protected] This notice constitutes a NASA Research Announcement as contemplated in FAR 6.102(d)(2).

Original Point of Contact

Dr. Paul Hertz, Explorer Program Scientist, Phone (202) 358-0986, Fax (202) 358-3096, Email [email protected]

Email your questions to Dr. Paul Hertz at [email protected]

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