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
31 May 2019
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA SMD Associate Administrator, invites the science community to a live-streamed national colloquium on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (4:00–6:00 pm EDT) on "Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA." To attend in person at the University of Colorado campus, please RSVP here
. The live stream will be available here
. For further details, please see the colloquium invitation. » Details
17 May 2019
Following up on a Nov 2018 mission PI diversity workshop, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is planning a number of exciting opportunities open to community participation, including a new website for potential PIs, pre-review mission panels to ensure diversity and reduce conflicts of interest, research proposal writing workshops at conferences and for PIs developing their first proposal, career development positions, and a presentation by SMD Associate Administrator Thomas H. Zurbuchen on proposal statistical analysis. Please see the Associate Administrator's full update here
16 May 2019
June 1 2019 is the deadline for filling and submitting the technology gap submission form. We encourage members of the community to identify such gaps between today's state-of-the-art and what will be needed for missions identified by the 2010 Decadal Survey, the 2018 Astrophysics Implementation Plan, and/or the 30-year Astrophysics Road Map. Please see the Astrophysics Division Technologists letter
for more details, including how to submit a gap.
25 March 2019
NASA HQ Astrophysics Division has created a task force to assess NASA's role in strategic optimization of Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart (GW-EM) astrophysics. See the Terms of Reference
for more details.
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.