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NASA Seeks Feedback on Commercial Options to Support Surface Deformation & Change Mission

NASA Seeks Feedback on Commercial Options to Support Surface Deformation & Change Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has issued a request for information on potential business models that the agency could pursue with the U.S. space industry to support a mission meant to perform low-frequency radar observations of the Earth’s changing surface.

JPL is seeking potential industry partners that could help develop a concept of a public-private partnership to carry out the Surface Deformation and Change mission within the cost target of $500 million from concept to deorbit over a 10-year period, according to a sources sought notice published Thursday.

The space agency is looking to form a partnership with industry that “could provide the scientific community with substantially the same capabilities as multiple NISARs, affordably, within this decade as outlined in the Decadal Survey,” the notice reads.

NISAR stands for the NASA-Indian Space Research Organization Synthetic-Aperture Radar satellite, which is set to launch in 2023 to observe changes to the planet’s surface.

NASA is soliciting options for several mission segments: radar instrument; spacecraft, avionics systems and their operation in an orbit; mission operations; and mission success.

The RFI also outlines the agency’s criteria for a teaming partner, including capabilities to provide the hardware, ability to avoid delays and cost growth, systems engineering capability and ability to support the SDC mission within the $500 million budget.

Responses to the RFI are due Jan. 28.

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