Commercially Enabled Rapid Space Science Project (CERISS)

Developing Research Capabilities in Space

The Commercially Enabled Rapid Space Science initiative (CERISS) will develop transformative research capabilities with commercial space industry to dramatically increase the pace of research. Long-range goals include conducting scientist astronaut missions on the International Space Station and commercial low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations and develop automated hardware for experiments beyond low Earth orbit, such as to the lunar surface.

The benefits will include a 10-to-100-fold faster pace of research for a wide range of research sponsored by Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the NASA Human Research Program, other government agencies, and industry. Another benefit will be the increased demand for research and development in low Earth orbit, facilitating growth of the commercial space industry.

Opportunities

Request for Information – Commercial Capabilities –  The RFI is focused on determining space community interest in developing capabilities for low Earth orbit (LEO), with the possibility of hardware testing occurring by crew in suborbital flights. Responses to the RFI will further guide BPSD’s development of a strategic plan for research in suborbital and LEO as NASA begins to transition to new commercial LEO platforms to conduct scientific research. The RFI seeks responses from U.S. industry, particularly those operating in the commercial space sector, academia, NASA centers, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Request for Information – Scientist Utilization & Needs – The RFI is to determine interest from the science community in utilization of in-situ analysis capabilities, sample or experiment preparation techniques, and other research hardware for crew-tended microgravity investigations. This RFI is focused on determining science community interest in utilization of these capabilities for low Earth orbit (LEO), and interest in preliminary hardware testing occurring by crew in suborbital flights. This RFI seeks responses from scientists, particularly those conducting research in academia, NASA centers, other government agencies, the commercial space sector, and nonprofit organizations.

Contact

For more information about commercial opportunities with BPS, please contact Lisa Carnell, Program Scientist for Translational Research: lisa.a.scottcarnell@nasa.gov