Status Report

NASA SMD Astrophysics “Pioneers” FAQs Late Updates

By SpaceRef Editor
September 10, 2020
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D.16 “Astrophysics Pioneers” program element of ROSES solicits proposals for Astrophysics space and sub-orbital science investigations that are greater in cost, scope and capability than normally possible within ROSES, e.g., the Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA) program (D.3 of ROSES-2020), but of lesser cost than the Astrophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity (MO) program (e.g., PEA O of SALMON-3 for the 2019 opportunity). Investigations using platforms that include CubeSats (including constellations), SmallSats, Major Balloon Missions, and International Space Station (ISS)-attached payloads are solicited.


The FAQs for D.16 Astrophysics Pioneers were updated on September 10, 2020 and prior to that on September 1, 2020.  We encourage you to read the updated “late” FAQ document. Updates to the FAQ were expected to cease approximately one month before the proposal submission deadline of October 1, 2020.


Questions concerning D.16 “Astrophysics Pioneers” should be directed to Michael Garcia at


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