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What are the Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) program's technology capability gaps

A key product of the NASA Astrophysics PCOS Program's technology development process is our Program Annual Technology Report (PATR). The PCOS PATR describes the Program's technology management activities and the technology development progress over the previous year. The PATR also defines the gaps in our technology capabilities and their priorities for investment consideration during the upcoming year.

You are encouraged to read our 2013 PATR to learn about our technology development investments and their progress, as well as our technology gaps. In this report, the Program technology gaps submitted by the community were prioritized using a set of criteria (described in the report) that reflects the goals of the PCOS program. As future calls for technology development for the Program are drafted and investment decisions are made, the priorities established in the PATR are referenced.

The prioritization process begins with your important input regarding the capabilities that you feel are needed to enable or enhance future PCOS missions. The Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) is the main conduit for collecting technology gaps identified by anyone in the community. These inputs can also be provided directly to the Program Office anytime by downloading a blank input form Word doc. Inputs received by the Program Office will be forwarded to the PhysPAG for consolidation (preferred method) if received by June 16, if not, they will be added to the list provided by the PhysPAG to the Program Office for prioritization. We look forward to receiving all inputs by the end of June each year. The annual prioritization process begins in July, and the PATR is published in October.

Your inputs and suggestions are important to us! Whether you develop cutting-edge technology or use that technology to expand our understanding of the universe, we encourage you to read the PATR and tell us what you think. This is your opportunity to take an active role in shaping the future of PCOS science. Also, feel free to comment on the technology gaps prioritization process and please help us identify the capability gaps for prioritization. Your technology gap inputs are due by Monday, June 16, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact thai.pham@nasa.gov.

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