Status Report

SALMON-2 AO Amendment 10: Release of new proposal opportunity in App P: Earth Venture Instrument-3

By SpaceRef Editor
March 26, 2015
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With this amendment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) NNH12ZDA006O, “Second Stand Alone Missions ofOpportunity Notice (SALMON-2)” is amended to establish a new program element appendix (PEA) as Appendix P, Earth Venture Instrument-3 (EVI-3).

This EVI-3 PEA solicits proposals for developing instruments for participation on a NASA-arranged space flight mission of opportunity or for developing CubeSat(s) to fly on a NASA arranged launch vehicle. These investigations must conduct innovative, integrated, hypothesis, or scientific question-driven approaches to pressing Earth system science issues. The NASA funded Principal Investigator (PI) will retain a central role on the instrument package or CubeSat(s) development, integration and testing, calibration, and science operations. 

This solicitation calls for proposals for complete PI-led science investigations requiring spaceflight instrument or CubeSat(s) development. The term “complete” encompasses investigation phases from project initiation, through development and science operations, to scientific analysis of space based data. 

This solicitation calls for investigations addressing any of the science goals in NASA’s Earth Science program. Investigations may target any Earth science question or issue in order to advance the strategic goals and answer any of the science questions for Earth Science from Section 2.1 of this PEA and the 2014 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan (hereafter referred to as the 2014 Science Plan; available at, or address any of the science goals for Earth Science, also from the 2014 Science Plan.

Instrument Investigations must encompass the provision of a flight qualified space flight instrument or instrument package ready for integration to a spacecraft (Phase A-C), the technical support for integration onto a NASA-determined spacecraft (Phase D), the on-orbit operations, the delivery of science quality data (Phase E) and eventual closeout (Phase F), as described in Section 4.1 of the SALMON-2 AO.

CubeSat Investigations must encompass the provision of CubeSat(s) (instrument and flight systems) ready for integration to the launch vehicle (Phases A-D), the technical support for integration onto a NASA-determined launch vehicle (part of Phase D) the on-orbit operations, the delivery of science quality data (Phase E) and eventual closeout (Phase F), as described in Section 4.1 of the SALMON-2 AO.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers(FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

Mandatory Notices of Intent to propose are due 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 30, 2015.

A virtual Preproposal Workshop will be held on April 14, 2015, via Webex; see the   EVI-3 Acquisition Homepage at for logistical information. 

Proposals are due 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 26, 2015. 

Comments and questions may be addressed by E-mail to: Thomas Wagner at (subject line to read “EVI-3”).

Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the EVI-3 Acquisition Homepage at Anonymity ofpersons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

SpaceRef staff editor.