Small Spacecraft Technology Program, Smallsat Technology Partnerships Appendix

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Small Spacecraft Technology Program, Smallsat Technology Partnerships Appendix: This synopsis was posted previously on 20 June 2015 under solicitation NNH15ZOA001N-15STP_E1. Its number has been modified slightly to accommodate posting of this synopsis on No other changes have been made to this synopsis from earlier postings on NAIS, but this supersedes those.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a solicitation, titled Smallsat Technology Partnerships (STP), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015), on April 20, 2015. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at , selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting “Smallsat Technology Partnerships (STP).”

STMD, and the Small Spacecraft Technology Program in particular, seek proposals from U.S. colleges and universities in collaboration with NASA through award of cooperative agreements. Projects may be for ground-based technology development or development of spacecraft or payloads for suborbital, balloon or orbital space flight technology demonstrations.

The objectives of the Smallsat Technology Partnerships (STP) are to: • Engage the unique talents and fresh perspectives of the university community to develop new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft or to use small spacecraft as a development and demonstration platform for more broadly applicable technologies. • Share NASA experience and expertise in relevant university projects. • Increase support to university student efforts in small spacecraft technology through funding and collaboration with NASA, to foster a new generation of innovators for NASA and the nation. • Engage NASA personnel across the agency in the rapid, agile, and cost-conscious small spacecraft development approaches that have evolved in the university community.

The goals of STP include collaboration with university teams that have experience in small spacecraft development and also extension of support to colleges and universities that have little or no previous involvement in this field. Colleges and universities with experience in small spacecraft development are encouraged to team with other college and universities to address these dual goals. In addition, collaboration with a NASA Center or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a key feature of these STP projects.

This appendix is soliciting proposals for projects in the following specific topic areas:

Topic 1: Precise attitude control and pointing systems for cubesats. Topic 2: Power generation, energy storage, and thermal management systems for small spacecraft. Topic 3: Simple low-cost deorbit systems. Topic 4: Communications and tracking systems and networks.

Appropriate technologies for development must have a starting Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of at least 3 (analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept) and no more than 6 (system/sub-system model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment).

All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through ( by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by May 20, 2015. Proposals are due on or before June 8, 2015. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. The estimated ceiling on an individual cooperative agreement award is $200,000 and the estimated total program funding is $1,600,000.

Comments and questions may be submitted by e-mail by May 20, 2015 to: Rachel Khattab, . Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.
Federal Grant Title: Small Spacecraft Technology Program, Smallsat Technology Partnerships Appendix
Federal Agency Name: NASA Headquarters
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH15ZOA001N-15STP-E1
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 43.012
CFDA Descriptions: Space Technology
Current Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2015
Posted Date: Apr 27, 2015
Creation Date: Apr 27, 2015
Archive Date: Jul 8, 2015
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $200,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Rachel Khattab

NASA Headquarters 202-358-0302
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