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NASA ROSES-15 Amendment 3: New opportunity, A.43 NISAR SDT

By SpaceRef Editor
March 9, 2015
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ROSES-15 Amendment 3: Release of a new program element – A.43 NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission Science Definition Team

A competitively selected Science Definition Team (SDT), working iteratively with the NISAR Program Scientist, Program Applications Lead, and the Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, develops NASA’s baseline and threshold science requirements for the NISAR mission. The initial SDT was selected in 2012 for the DESDynI-Radar mission for a period of three years. This solicitation will recompete the SDT for the NISAR mission (NSDT). The NSDT supports the NISAR project to provide the science requirements flow down, science algorithms definition, guidance on development of algorithms and associated error models, data acquisition plan, data latency and data dissemination plans, definition of a calibration and validation plan, publication of results, and public engagement, including liaison with the broader science and applications communities.

The SDT also assists in the promotion of early adopter activities that may conduct prelaunch research and evaluation using data (simulated or from field campaigns) to accelerate use of data after launch. The NISAR Science Team is expected to be selected prior to launch to support Phase D and E activities; these include support to the NISAR project on calibration and validation of science data products, refinement of science algorithms and formats, publication of results, and public and user engagement.

Notices of Intent are requested by May 1, 2015, and proposals are due by June 8, 2015.

On or about March 9, 2015, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015” (NNH15ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on the RSS feed at: 

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: 

Craig Dobson

Earth Science Division

Science Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Washington, DC 20546-0001

Telephone: (202) 358-2054


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