A sprawling landscape of ridges and valleys on Mars.
The Perseverance Rover is parked among the tracks it made in the soil of Mars.
Nine small tubes lay in the shadow of the rover on the surface of Mars.

Mars Exploration Program Industry Engagement

NASA’s partnerships with U.S. Industry is central to achieving the advancement of its
high-priority science goals.

Phase 1

NASA’s draft Mars Exploration Program (MEP) 2024 – 2044 Plan initiates a new paradigm for lower cost, high-frequency missions to Mars with the potential to advance high-priority science objectives. Partnerships with U.S. Industry are central to achieving this goal. The Mars Exploration Program is conducting preliminary activities to engage industry in understanding both NASA and commercial capabilities and needs. These activities potentially lead to future Requests for Proposals (RFPs), beginning with industry studies, but do not constitute a NASA/MEP commitment.


Fall 2024
Public Release of Key Study Findings
May 2024
Study Kickoff


May 1, 2024
Feb. 27, 2024
Deadline for RFP Applications
Jan. 29, 2024
Release of Industry Studies Request for Proposal (RFP)
For more information about the RFP visit, Exploring Mars Together: Commercial Services Studies
Oct. 16, 2023
Questionnaire Due
Sep. 27, 2023
Release of MEP Commercial Services Guiding Principles, Design Reference Missions, and Industry Questionnaire

MEP welcomes your recommendations for DRM modifications that would improve clarity, enabling you to respond better to a future potential Industry Studies RFP
Dec. - Jul. 2023
MEP Information Gathering & Capabilities Assessment
Mar. 2023
Public Release of MEP DRAFT Future Plan
Oct. 2022
Apr. 2022
May 2022