NASA officials announced this month their intention to solicit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community for technology proposals in support of robotic or human exploration of Mars in 2020.
Goals of the Mars 2020 mission include exploring Mars as a potential habitat for life, searching for signs of past life, and collecting samples. The tentative target date for the mission to Mars is in the July/August 2020 timeframe; yet, NASA officials aren’t about to drag their heels.
Officials at the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are readying the Announcement of Opportunity (AO), entitled “Mars 2020 Investigations” to solicit proposals for investigations for a space flight mission to Mars. The target date for release of the AO is 16 September 2013, or later.
NASA will list Mars 2020 contracting opportunities on the organization’s solicitation and proposal website at http://nspires.nasaprs.com, as well as provide information on the NASA Mars 2020 acquisition website at http://soma.larc.nasa.gov/mars2020.
NASA officials in Washington will schedule a pre-proposal video conference or teleconference in October. NASA will require receipt of Notices of Intent (NOIs) from interested parties no later than one week following that conference. Proposals will then be due by mid-December 2013.
Interested parties can contact Mitchell Schulte at NASA by phone at 202-358-2127 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the “Mars 2020 AO” in the subject line. For more information, visit https://www.fbo.gov/spg/NASA/HQ/OPHQDC/NNH13ZDA013J/listing.html.
In fact, if you’re looking for military and/or aerospace contract opportunities, this mil/aero geek highly recommends frequenting FBO.gov.