Status Report

National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP)

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2003
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General Information

  • Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
  • Solicitation Number: NRA-03-OES-01
  • Posted Date: Jan 09, 2003
  • Original Response Date: Mar 31, 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


This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) provides an opportunity for members of the science community to participate in the NASA Science Team for the National Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) .

Key measurements that were initiated with the Earth Observing System’s Terra and Aqua missions will be continued by the NPP. With an NPP launch in 2006, near the expected end of the Terra lifetime, NPP provides a “bridge” between the EOS Terra and Aqua missions and the NPOESS, currently with its initial launch in 2009. The NPP Science Team will include a number of experts familiar with the development of algorithms to retrieve global change properties from sensors like VIIRS, CrIS, ATMS, and OMPS. Expertise in both sensors and algorithms is needed. The team also will incorporate data system experts and persons concerned with assimilation of this data into Earth system prediction models. The team size will likely be between 10 and 20 team members, depending on the range of activities proposed. T

his NRA is open to all scientific investigators who submit proposals that respond to the objectives of the program, and which meet the other requirements stated in this announcement. Awards will be for the period of 36 months, with a potential extension for up to an additional 12 months, depending on the timing of the subsequent NRA to be issued for research, analysis and modeling activities.

Approximately $2-3M per year is available, with individual awards depending on the range of activities proposed and the total number of team members selected. Participation in the program is open to all categories of institutions, including educational, industrial, non-profit organizations, NASA centers and other US agencies. Because their duties will necessarily involve access to some data and software that remain company proprietary and competition sensitive, team members and their staff will have to sign non-disclosure agreements with the NPOESS system contractor and their sensor vendors. For this same reason, industrial proposers will have to demonstrate how their activities will be isolated from their parent institution.

Due to ITAR restrictions, foreign proposals cannot be accepted. The complete NRA will be available electronically on the release date, via the Internet at the Research Opportunities Web Page at under “Office of Earth Science (Code Y)”. A paper copy will be available to those who do not have access to Internet by calling (202) 358-3552 and leaving a voice mail message. This announcement will be open from January 28, 2003 through March 31, 2003, and proposals may be submitted at any time throughout this period.

Original Point of Contact

Dr. James C. Dodge, NPP Program Scientist, Phone (202) 358-0763, Fax (202) 358-2770, Email [email protected]

Email your questions to Dr. James C. Dodge at [email protected]

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