National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Small Business Innovation Research & Technology Transfer 2008 Program Solicitations

Chapter 9.1.3

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The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) engages the Nation’s science community, sponsors scientific research, and develops and deploys satellites and probes in collaboration with NASA’s partners around the world to answer fundamental questions requiring the view from and into space. SMD seeks to understand the origins, evolution, and destiny of the universe and to understand the nature of the strange phenomena that shape it. SMD also seeks to understand:

The Science Mission Directorate also sponsors research that both enables, and is enabled by, NASA's exploration activities. The SMD portfolio is contributing to NASA’s achievement of the Vision for Space Exploration by striving to:

The following topics and subtopics seek to develop technology to enable science missions in support of these strategic objectives.

TOPIC S1 Sensors, Detectors, and Instruments
S1.01 Lidar System Components
S1.02 Active Microwave Technologies
S1.03 Passive Microwave Technologies
S1.04 Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
S1.05 Detector Technologies for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments
S1.06 Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies
S1.07 Cryogenic Systems for Sensors and Detectors
S1.08 In Situ Airborne, Surface, and Submersible Instruments for Earth Science
S1.09 In Situ Sensors and Sensor Systems for Planetary Science
S1.10 Space Geodetic Observatory Components
S1.11 Lunar Science Instruments and Technology

TOPIC S2 Advanced Telescope Systems
S2.01 Precision Spacecraft Formations for Telescope Systems
S2.02 Proximity Glare Suppression for Astronomical Coronagraphy
S2.03 Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology
S2.04 Optical Devices for Starlight Detection and Wavefront Analysis
S2.05 Optics Manufacturing and Metrology for Telescope Optical Surfaces

TOPIC S3 Spacecraft and Platform Subsystems
S3.01 Avionics and Electronics
S3.02 Thermal Control Systems
S3.03 Power Generation and Storage
S3.04 Propulsion Systems
S3.05 Balloon Technology, Terrestrial and Planetary

TOPIC S4 Low-Cost Small Spacecraft and Technologies
S4.01 NanoSat Launch Vehicle Technologies
S4.02 Rapid End-to-End Mission Design and Simulation
S4.03 Cost Modeling
S4.04 Reusable Flight Software

TOPIC S5 Robotic Exploration Technologies
S5.01 Planetary Entry, Descent, Ascent, Rendezvous and Landing Technology
S5.02 Sample Collection, Processing, and Handling
S5.03 Surface and Subsurface Robotic Exploration
S5.04 Technologies for Low Mass Mars Ascent Vehicles (PAV)

TOPIC S6 Information Technologies
S6.01 Technologies for Large-Scale Numerical Simulation
S6.02 Sensor and Platform Data Processing and Control
S6.03 Data Analyzing and Processing Algorithms
S6.04 Data Management - Storage, Mining and Visualization
S6.05 Software as a Service to Large Scale Modeling

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