This amendment establishes a new program element in Appendix D.11 entitled "Technology Development for Exoplanet Missions." This new program element solicits proposals to develop specific technologies (TRL 4-6) that feed into key exoplanet exploration measurement techniques. The measurement techniques upon which future Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) missions are likely to be based include astrometry, coronagraphy, interferometry, and precision photometry.
Notices of intent are due June 30, 2009, and proposals are due August 28, 2009. An informational workshop describing available ExEP testbed capabilities and providing guidance for developing robust development milestones will be held July 8, 2009. Workshop information will be posted on the web at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov.
Further information about the Technology Development for Exoplanet Missions (TDEM) program element is available from Dr. Douglas M. Hudgins, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546; Telephone: (202) 358-0988; Email: Douglas Hudgins.