NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) manages the development of a range of advanced technologies to meet future Earth science measurements and operational requirements. ESTO technology investments attempt to address the full science measurement process: from instruments needed to make observations, to data systems and information products that make those observations useful. The Advanced Component Technology (ACT) program seeks proposals for technology development activities leading to new component- and subsystem-level airborne and space-based measurement techniques to be developed in support of the Science Mission Directorate’s Earth Science Division. The objectives of the ACT program are to research, develop, and demonstrate component- and subsystem-level technology development that:
- Reduce the risk, cost, size, volume, mass, and development time of Earth observing instruments, and
- Enable new Earth observation measurements.
The ACT program brings instrument components to a maturity level that allows their integration into other NASA technology programs such as the Instrument Incubator Program (IIP; see Appendix A.35 of ROSES-2010). Some of these components are directly infused into mission designs by NASA flight projects and others “graduate” to other technology development programs for further development.
Amendment 25 releases the final version of the text of Appendix A.36, which replaces the draft text in its entirety. Notices of Intent to propose are due on January 31, 2011. The due date for proposals is March 15, 2011.
Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Joseph Famiglietti - (301) 286-1833.