Status Report

Draft AO for SOFIA Second Generation Instruments Released for Community Comment

By SpaceRef Editor
December 15, 2010
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Synopsis – Dec 15, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH11ZDA009J
Posted Date: Dec 15, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 15, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Feb 11, 2011
Current Response Date: Feb 11, 2011
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

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


Community Announcement for NSPIRES and Newsletters:

Subject: Draft AO for SOFIA Second Generation Instruments Released for Community Comment

Release Date: December 15, 2010 SOFIA Instrument Potential Bidders Telecon: January 26, 2011 Comments Due: February 11, 2011 Identification Number: NNH11ZDA009J

On December 15, 2010, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment, the Draft Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Second Generation Instruments Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON) AO. Upon the release date, the full text of the draft solicitation will be available at .

The SOFIA observatory consists of a German-built 2.7-meter telescope mounted in a Boeing 747-SP aircraft supplied and modified by NASA. Flying at altitudes up to 45,000-feet, SOFIA observes from above more than 99 percent of Earth’s atmospheric water vapor, thereby opening windows to the universe not available from the ground. SOFIA will provide international science teams up to 1000 science observing hours per year during its two decade design lifetime. Seven first-generation science instruments are under development by institutions in both the U.S. and Germany, including both imaging cameras and spectrographs. This draft solicitation is a call for science investigations that include the development, delivery, and use of second generation instruments for the SOFIA observatory.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), other Government agencies, and non-U.S. organizations or institutions.

This draft solicitation will be discussed by NASA at the 217th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society during the Splinter Meeting on Early Results from the SOFIA Observatory, on Tuesday January 11, 2011, at 5:30 – 7:00 pm PST, in Ballroom 6C of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA.

NASA will hold a SOFIA Instrument Potential Bidders Telecon/WebEx on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST (10:00 am – 1:00 pm PST). Details of this Telecon/WebEx will be posted on the SOFIA Instruments PEA Additional Information Homepage, available at , in advance of the telecon.

The comment period for the Draft SOFIA Second generation Instruments PEA ends on February 11, 2011.

The issuance of this Draft PEA does not obligate NASA to issue the PEA and solicit proposals. Issuance of this PEA is dependent on programmatic factors including NASA receiving an appropriation and operating plan containing adequate funding within the NASA astrophysics budget to develop and operate SOFIA as planned. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this Draft PEA are incurred completely at the submitter’s own risk. The SOFIA Second Generation Instruments PEA may contain provisions that differ from this Draft PEA, in which case those in the final PEA will take precedence.

All comments and questions should be directed to the SOFIA Program Scientist by the comment due date given above. Comments are preferred in writing and may be sent by E-mail; the character string “SOFIA Instruments Draft PEA” (without quotes) should be included in the subject line of all transmissions: Dr. Paul Hertz, Ref.: SOFIA Instruments Draft PEA, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001, E-mail: Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the SOFIA Instruments PEA Additional Information Homepage at ; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Point of Contact

Name: Dr. Paul Hertz
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: 202-358-0986
Fax: 202-358-3092

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