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Release of the NASA Space Technology “Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO), 80HQTR20SOA01”

By SpaceRef Editor
January 30, 2020
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NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) announces a funding opportunity for public-private partnerships to achieve NASA’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. Through the solicitation titled “Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO), 80HQTR20SOA01,” released on January 29, NASA seeks partnerships with U.S. companies focused on advancing technologies that can benefit both the commercial and government use of space. NASA is seeking to provide technical expertise, facilities, hardware, and software to accelerate the development and availability of these technologies.


For this ACO, STMD is inviting proposals for developing commercial capabilities in these Topics.


  • Topic 1: Cryogenic Fluid Management and Propulsion
  • Topic 2: Advanced Propulsion
  • Topic 3: Operate in Extreme Environments
  • Topic 4: Extreme Access
  • Topic 5: Sustainable Power
  • Topic 6: In-situ Propellant and Consumable Production

·         Topic 7: Intelligent/Resilient Systems and Advanced Robotics

  • Topic 8: Advanced Materials and Structures

·         Topic 9: Entry, Descent and Landing

  •  Topic 10: Small Spacecraft Technologies


Proposals submitted under this ACO must be led (and submitted) by a United States of America (U.S.) for-profit entity and must include one or more NASA Centers as a team member(s). A “U.S. for-profit entity” is a commercial firm or business incorporated and operating in the United States of America. See section 3.0 of the Announcement for full list of eligibility requirements/restrictions.


Award Type: Unfunded Space Act Agreements (SAA)


Key Dates:  


Release Date:                                  

January 29, 2020

Virtual Industry Forum:                   

February 19, 2020

MPP Questions Due:                     

March 11, 2020

MPPs Due:                                             

March 16, 2020 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

Notification Letters Provided:        

May 11, 2020 (target)

Final Proposal Questions Due:     

June 18, 2020

Final Proposals Due:                     

June 25, 2020 (5:00 p.m. Eastern) (target)

Selection Announcement:             

August 31, 2020 (target)

Project Start Date:                          

October 1, 2020 (target)


The complete solicitation may be found online at the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES):{74267B46-BF77-E243-E2B0-3A370BD599EE}&path=&method=init


Questions and comments about this solicitation should be submitted via email to:

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