14 May 2021
The Exploration Science Strategy and Integration Office (ESSIO) of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces an upcoming opportunity for interested U.S. investigators to provide a U.S. scientific payload to be integrated onto a Canadian lunar rover. Proposal teams will be led by Canadian companies and submitted proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), with NASA participation. The rover, carrying one Canadian science payload and one U.S. science payload, will be delivered by a NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) provider to the lunar surface in 2025. The U.S. and Canadian instruments shall share a combined payload mass of 6.0 kg, and NASA seeks to maximize science return within this limit. It is anticipated that the opportunity to provide a U.S. instrument as part of a rover team proposal, led by a Canadian company, will be solicited by CSA in late May 2021. Canadian rover teams preparing to submit proposals may reach out to U.S. institutions to gauge interest in providing an instrument for consideration.
How to Apply:
U.S. scientific payload developers interested in collaborating on this opportunity shall join one (or more) Canadian proposal team(s), and each team will include a Canadian rover provider and a Canadian scientific payload in addition to the U.S. payload. CSA will lead a panel, with participation by NASA SMD representatives, to evaluate and select two proposals for Phase A studies. Down-selection to a single rover/payload team will be made at the conclusion of the ~6 month Phase A study. CSA will fund the Canadian rover and scientific payload, and NASA ESSIO will fund the U.S. payload, with a funding cap on the U.S. payload of $5M U.S., including the Phase A study.
There are two ways U.S. scientific payload developers can indicate interest:
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