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ROSES-2011 Appendix A.41 AIST Potential Bidders Conference on Thursday May 26, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
May 13, 2011
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This email is to announce a Potential Bidders Conference for the Advanced Information System Technology, Appendix A.41 of NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011 Omnibus Solicitation.

The Advanced Information System Technology (AIST) program is designed to bring information system technologies to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) that allows integration into existing or future technology/science research and development programs, or infusion into existing or planned subsystems/systems to enable timely and affordable delivery of information to users. The TRL scale is used to assess the maturity of a particular technology. The AIST program accepts technology developments at various stages of maturity and advances the TRL through appropriate risk reduction activities, such as requirements analysis, conceptual design, prototypes, and proof-of-concept demonstrations. The AIST program also tracks information system technology needed to achieve the goals for future NASA data systems, both in orbit and on the ground. The AIST Capabilities and Needs Matrix is documented at the ESTO web site (, along with the TRL definitions and information about former AIST solicitations for technology.

For ROSES-2011, the AIST solicitation features a new collaboration initiative with the NASA Applied Sciences Program (ASP) to promote the integration of technical capabilities enabled by AIST development for use by selected decision support or end user applications. Section 1.4 describes the technology infusion option for Earth science applications. The AIST program is also collaborating with the High End Computing (HEC) Program to solicit technologies and tools to help meet the computing challenges of the Earth science modeling community.

The text of the AIST solicitation can be downloaded directly as a PDF from or from the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) web site at

A Potential Bidders Conference for AIST will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:00 EDT / 10:00 PDT to address any questions regarding the solicitation. Inquiries may be made in advance by sending an email message to The conference will be entirely virtual and conducted via WebEx connectivity. Instructions for participating in the conference will be posted on the ESTO web site, on or before May 26.

Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Michael Seablom, Earth Science Technology Office, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0442; Email:

SpaceRef staff editor.