Oct 19, 2018

Amendment 34: Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads Final text released

Final text released for C.28 Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads.

This program element solicits flight payloads that do not require significant additional development. Investigations are sought that address the science goals of any of the four divisions (Planetary, Earth Science, Heliophysics, Astrophysics) of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) as well as Strategic Knowledge Gaps of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) or any technology demonstration goals of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) that advance capabilities for science, exploration, or commercial development of the Moon. 

This ROSES element invites proposals for complete, Principal Investigator led science instrument and technology investigations. The term "complete" encompasses all of the investigation phases including project initiation, payload preparation, payload integration, payload operations, scientific and engineering analysis of the mission data, publication of results, and final dissemination of the data including delivery to NASA’s archive.

This call is specifically geared towards small payloads that can be ready quickly in order to meet the immediate need for payloads for early Commercial Lunar Payload Services flights. We are interested in flight spares, engineering models, modified off-the-shelf payloads, student hardware or any other hardware that can credibly meet the aggressive timeline required. Future calls for lunar payloads will occur at regular intervals for later missions. We anticipate that the next call will be released in approximately one year.

This program element uses a two-step proposal submission process in which a mandatory Step-1 (preliminary) proposal must be submitted by an Authorized Organizational representative. Mandatory Step-1 proposals are due November 19, 2018, and the due date for Step-2 proposals is January 17, 2019. 

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Sarah Noble at