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NASA Release of the DRAFT Earth Venture Instrument-5 Program Element Appendix (PEA) to SALMON-3 for Community Comments

By SpaceRef Editor
April 10, 2018
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NASA Announcement: Release of the DRAFT Earth Venture Instrument-5 (EVI-5) Program Element Appendix (PEA) to the Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3) for Community Comments
On approximately April 10, 2018, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be releasing a draft of the Earth Venture Instrument 5 (EVI-5) Program Element Appendix (PEA) to the Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for community comments (NNH18ZDA007J). Comments should be sent by email to the Point of Contact indicated below and are due by May 9, 2018. Upon the release date, the full text of the draft solicitation will be available in NSPIRES (
SALMON-3 is an omnibus NASA AO which provides a solicitation and procurement base for modest investigations, also referred to as Missions of Opportunity (MO), requiring space flight that advance the high priority science, exploration, and technology objectives of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and the Space Technology Mission Directorate.  EVI-5 will solicit Earth science-focused proposals to develop spaceflight instruments to be installed on a NASA-provided platform or to develop CubeSat-based missions.  Investigations may target any Earth science questions or issues that advance the goals of NASA Strategic Plan 2018, NASA Science Mission Directorate’s 2014 Science Plan and/or the 35 science questions outlined in the 2017 Decadal Survey report entitled, “Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017), all available in the EVI-5 Library at
EVI-5 is part of the Earth Venture (EV) portfolio under the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program and will be the fifth solicitation in the EVI series. The EV portfolio consists of regularly solicited, competitively selected, cost and schedule constrained Earth science investigations as recommended in the 2017 Decadal Survey report.
The PI-Managed portion of the Mission Cost Cap for EVI-5 investigations is dependent on the instrument class. For investigations based on Class C instruments, the cost cap will be $108M in FY 2022 dollars. For investigations based on Class D instruments or CubeSats, the cost cap will be $35M in FY 2022 dollars. NASA also offers an up to $5M Science Enhancement Option for certain targeted activities for Class D instrument and CubeSat investigations. NASA may select some combination of Class C and Class D investigations based on funding availability at the time of selection. For EVI-5, NASA plans to complete the selection process in a single step, as was done for previous EVI solicitations.
Participation will be open to all categories of organizations (U.S. and non-U.S.), including educational institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other Government agencies. However, for this PEA, only U.S. organizations are eligible to propose as the sole or lead organization. Non-U.S. organizations may participate as non-lead organizations collaborating with U.S. leads on a no-exchange-of-funds basis.
The comment period for the Draft EVI-5 SALMON-3 PEA ends on May 9, 2018. Comments on the draft should be addressed by email to Dr. Hank Margolis, (  Responses to all inquiries will be answered by email and anonymized versions posted weekly at the PEA Questions and Answers (Q&A) section of the EVI-5 Acquisition Homepage.
Primary Point of Contact:
Dr. Hank Margolis,
EVI-5 Program Scientist, Earth Science Division,
Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters,
300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546.
Tel: 202-358-4760.

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