Nov 27, 2018

Amendment 37: D.8 SAT Final Text

Amendment 37 releases final text for program element D.8 Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT).

The SAT program solicits the maturation of key technologies for potential infusion in space flight missions. Strongly endorsed by the 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the SAT program is a key element of the strategy adopted by the Astrophysics Division in implementing the Astro2010 recommendations. The SAT program is designed to support the maturation of technologies for which feasibility has already been demonstrated i.e., Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3, to the point where they can be incorporated into NASA flight missions (TRL 6-7).

Changes have been made throughout the program element and proposers should read it in its entirety but changes include the following. Section 1.2 now points to an integrated database listing APD's investments in strategic technology and links to the respective web pages of the four large mission concepts studies. In Section 1.3 the Technology exclusions list now explicitly includes technologies relevant to ATHENA, LISA, and technologies relevant to the segmented mirror development program. Proposals requiring a dedicated suborbital flight (balloon or rocket) for technology tests or risk reduction are not solicited under SAT this year.

Mandatory NOIs are due on January 24, 2019, and proposals are due on March 21, 2019.

The main point of contact for this program is Nasser Barghouty who may be reached at