NASA’s 2021 Achievements Included Mars Landing, First Flight, Artemis, More

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — In 2021, NASA completed its busiest year of development yet in low-Earth orbit, made history on Mars, continued to make progress on its Artemis plans for the Moon, tested new technologies for a supersonic aircraft, finalized launch preparations for the next-generation space telescope, and much more – all while safely operating during a pandemic and welcoming new leadership under the Biden-Harris Administration.

(more…)

NASA Awards Universities $1.2M for Space Station, Suborbital Research

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has awarded $1.2 million to nine universities and organizations across the country for research and technology development projects in areas critical to the agency’s mission, including studying radiation effects and growing food for long-duration space travel.

NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) supports science and technology research and development at colleges and universities. All projects are applicable to NASA’s work in Earth science, aeronautics, and human and robotic deep space exploration.

The schools will transfer research resulting from the projects to NASA, where it may be used as part of ongoing agency work.

(more…)

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program Partners with EPSCoR, Launches Community Learning Initiative

EDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — Flight Opportunities has partnered with NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program to provide access to suborbital flight tests for the EPSCoR community.

Through an amendment to the existing 2021 EPSCoR International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity solicitation, EPSCoR jurisdictions will be able to propose using suborbital flights to further their EPSCoR-funded research.

Proposals are due by January 7, 2021. Visit NSPIRES for more details.

Flight Opportunities Community Learning Initiative

The new Flight Opportunities Community Learning initiative is an effort to capture, organize, and communicate the lessons and experiences of suborbital researchers.

(more…)

NASA Announces Award Recipients for Space Station Research Flight Opportunity

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)
The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include testing leak detection techniques using ultrasonic sensors arrays, and improving spacewalking suits by incorporating self-healing polymers that are tested against micrometeor impacts. These types of research also help university faculty develop science and technology curricula and support higher education students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

(more…)











Recent NASA Space Research Announcements

Astronaut Michael Hopkins sets up cameras to record as he works on the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) facility cable configuration for the Constrained Vapor Bubble-2 (CVB-2) operations. (Credit: NASA)
Astronaut Michael Hopkins sets up cameras to record as he works on the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) facility cable configuration for the Constrained Vapor Bubble-2 (CVB-2) operations. (Credit: NASA)

EPSCoR International Space Station Flight Opportunity
Announcement

Description: Utilization of the International Space Station as a microgravity platform or test bed for a spaceflight demonstration. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities and contribute to overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development.

Proposals Due: March 27, 2014

Number and Size of Awards: 5 awards of up to $100,000 over a three-year period of performance

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Announcement

Description: Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates, and contribute to overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development.

Notices of Intent Due: February 24, 2014
Proposals Due: March 24, 2014

Number and Size of Awards: 3 to 5 awards of up to $750,000 each over a three-year period of performance.