NASA Requests Info on Market Capability to Develop Solar Irradiance Sensor Spacecraft

NASA is seeking capability statements from companies that possess the expertise and technologies needed to develop and support a spacecraft that will monitor and measure solar phenomena relevant to the Earth’s climate.

The U.S. space agency on Friday issued a request for information directed at companies that can meet the technical requirements of the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 Mission.

The goal of TSIS-2 is to deliver by March 2022 a spacecraft equipped with sensors that will gather solar irradiance data, adding to four decades’ worth of recorded measurements.

Interested parties have until March 25 to respond to the RFI. Small businesses are welcome to participate.

NASA will use the responses as a basis to design a competition. The agency expects to issue a firm fixed price contract by May 2020.

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