May 14, 2020

Amendment 21: Release of DRAFT text for D.16 Astrophysics Pioneers

D.16 "Astrophysics Pioneers" will solicit proposals for Astrophysics space and sub-orbital science investigations that are greater in cost, scope and capability than normally possible within ROSES, e.g., the Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA) program (D.3 of ROSES-2020) but of lesser cost than the Astrophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity (MO) program (e.g., PEA O of SALMON-3 for the 2019 opportunity). Investigations using platforms that include CubeSats (including constellations), SmallSats, Major Balloon Missions, and International Space Station (ISS)-attached payloads will be solicited. Technology development and maturation within the proposed project will be allowed, but the primary review criterion for selection will be the merit of the proposed science investigation.

ROSES-2020 Amendment 21 releases for community comment draft text for D.16 Astrophysics Pioneers. Comments on this draft program element are to be sent to (subject line = "May 2020 Pioneers Draft Comments") by COB June 15, 2020 to be taken into consideration in the final text.