PCOS Mission Studies
2012 Architecting Studies
NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program initiated two studies to develop mission concepts that could meet some or all of the objectives outlined in the New Worlds, New Horizons decadal report for the areas of X-ray astronomy and gravitational-wave science. The PCOS Program worked with these communities to define mission concepts that achieve these science objectives at multiple price points.
This began with the release of a formal Request for Information (RFI) on each topic. In parallel, NASA released an open solicitation inviting members of the science community to participate in a Community Science Team (CST) for the X-ray mission or the gravitational-wave mission. The Program Office worked with each CST to review the RFI responses. In December 2012, workshops, which will be open to the community, were held to discuss the RFI responses and define the mission concepts to be studied.
A PCOS Program study team, working with each CST, identified the requirements relevant to each concept, defined the mission configuration options, executed mission design runs at mission design laboratories, refined the mission concepts and drafted a mission concept study reports.
Details relevant to each of these architecting studies can be found by following the links below:
Program News and Announcements
7 November 2019
NASA HQ has announced that all GO & GI programs will be converting to dual-anonymous peer review over the next year. » Details
30 October 2019
The deadline to submit abstracts
to give a lightning talk
at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session
on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery
that involves at least one NASA mission is extended to Wed 27 Nov 2019
7 October 2019
The deadline for Call for Nominations to Augment the NASA LISA Study Team has been extended to 11 Oct 2019
. » Details
30 September 2019
The application deadline for "The PI Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
" is extended to 15 Oct 2019. NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate (the level up from NASA Astrophysics Division) is co-organizing the Nov 18–20 workshop in Tuscon, AZ, in the interests of broadening the pool of potential NASA PIs. » Details
19 September 2019
The PhysPAG EC nomination deadline, including self-nominations, is extended to Monday 30 Sept 2019. We welcome self nominations and particularly encourage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Useful skills include good communication, a desire and ability to facilitate community organization and collaborative conclusions, and a broad perspective. See the announcement letter
with instructions for nominating
13 September 2019
Submit your abstract
today to give a 5min lightning talk on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery that involves at least one NASA mission at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session
! Abstracts due by 31 Oct 2019.