Status Report

SALMON 2 Amendment 1: Release of Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Instrument

By SpaceRef Editor
July 7, 2012
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With this amendment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) is amended to establish a new Program Element Appendix (PEA) as Appendix K, JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) instrument investigations. This PEA solicits proposals for NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. Principal Investigator for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) JUICE mission. NASA SMD has offered to collaborate in this mission, providing not more than $100M total for three types of contributions: 1) NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI, 2) NASA-funded instrument component(s) provided to non-U.S.-led instrument(s), and 3) NASA-funded U.S. Co-Investigators (Co-Is) on non-U.S.-led instrument(s). NASA’s entire contribution consisting of the sum of all three types of contributions shall not exceed $100M (RY) for total life cycle costs. Within this budget cap, NASA expects to fund approximately two U.S.-led instrument investigations along with a number of NASA-funded instrument components and U.S. Co-Is on non-U.S.-led instruments. This Program Element Appendix (PEA) solicits proposals for the first type of contribution (NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI); parties interested in the latter two types of NASA contributions should respond to the ESA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) as members of a non-U.S.-led team.

Prospective investigators from any category of organizations or institutions, U.S or non-U.S., are welcome to respond to this solicitation. Specific categories of organizations and institutions that are welcome to respond include, but are not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

This solicitation will be open from July 6, 2012, through September 24, 2012. Upon the release date, the full text of the AO and all appendices will be available electronically at (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH12ZDA006O”). A preproposal teleconference will be held approximately 3 weeks after the release date; details will be posted at when available.

Direct questions specifically regarding the NASA solicitation to Dr. Curt Niebur, JUICE Program Scientist for NASA, Science Mission Directorate (SMD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001; E-mail:; the character string “JUICE PEA” (without quotes) should be included in the subject line of all transmissions. Telephone: (202) 358-0390.

SpaceRef staff editor.