Request for Information

Concepts for Applications of Large Space Optics

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH13ZDA002L
Release Date: 11/27/12
Response Date: 1/7/13
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Classification Code: A – Research and Development
Issued by: Science Mission Directorate



NASA is soliciting broad community inputs in support of a study activity focused on utilization of large flight qualified optical systems recently transferred to NASA from another Government Agency.  The Study on Applications of Large Space Optics (SALSO) activity is a multistep process to develop a representative set of options for the use of these assets that draws on government, academic and industry capabilities to address Agency-wide needs.

The goal of the overall study is to gather and assess concepts for possible utilization of the recently acquired systems for Agency goals aligned with 5 principal areas; space technology, human exploration and operations, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics (excluding an infrared wide field survey).  The SALSO activity consists of a managed workshop and follow-on study of concepts flowing from the workshop process.  NASA encourages submission of concepts that address multiple NASA objectives (above); make innovative use of NASA capabilities and/or anticipated commercial services; and/or incorporate innovative processes or partnership arrangements. 

NASA has posted Agency goals, guidance and technical information about the space optics systems at the SALSO website,  Complete information on submission of concepts and other details regarding SALSO activities are also posted at this site.  Respondents and other interested persons should check the site often for pertinent information and updates.

Responses must be received by the due date above and shall not exceed four pages total using no smaller than 12 point type; this requirement shall include a 4-quadrant summary chart and a concept description including all text, tables and illustrations.  Detailed information about submission requirements are provided at the SALSO website. 

It is NASA’s intention to invite formal presentations and discussions of compelling responses at a workshop hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, on February 5 and 6, 2013.  Details about the workshop are also provided at the SALSO website. 

Submission of responses must be via email to The subject line of the submission should include “SALSO RFI” and attachments should be in PDF format.  The body of the email message should identify a point-of-contact and provide his or her name, address, telephone numbers, and email address.  Additional submission details are provided in the website. 

Only material suitable for full and open distribution shall be submitted and submittals shall be considered approved by the providing organization to be suitable for full and open distribution. No proprietary, export controlled, classified or sensitive material should be provided in either abstracts or presentations.  Submittals identified as containing such material shall be destroyed and not further considered.

The information requested is for planning purposes only, subject to FAR Clause 52.215-3, entitled “Solicitation for Information or Planning Purposes.” The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this solicitation or to otherwise pay for the information solicited except as provided in subsection 31.205-18, Bid and Proposal (B&P) costs, of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Point of Contact

Name: W. George Fletcher
Title: SALSO Project Manager
Phone: 256-544-5151
Fax: 256-544-5422