Space Technology 6 (ST6) Technology Announcment
Posted in CBDNet on September 7, 2000
OFFADD: JPL, Attn: Thomas May, Mail Stop 190-205, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
DESC: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (Caltech/JPL), operating under a prime contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), intends to solicit proposals from U.S. industry, universities, non-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and the government in response to the New Millennium Program (NMP) Space Technology 6 (ST6) Technology Announcement (TA). NMP is a NASA technology space flight validation program.
The primary goal of this ST6 effort is to validate selected technologies in a subsystem setting that will aid NASA in realizing its vision for exciting, affordable space science missions in the 21st century. NMP will seek proposals that identify revolutionary subsystem technology concepts that can be validated in space in the 2003 to 2004 timeframe.
The initial task will be for a six-month Technology Concept Definition Study Phase. NASA has selected nine (9) subsystem technology areas for the ST6 flight validation opportunity:
  * Solar Sail/Sun Shade Deployment;
  * Lightweight High Voltage Solar Arrays;
  * Deployable and Inflatable Booms;
  * Membrane Optics Deployment;
  * Ultra- Low Power Advanced Electronics/Avionics;
  * Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing for Space-to-Space Interplanetary     Optical Communications;
  * Autonomous Rendezvous;
  * On-Board Data Processing to Enable Autonomous Operations and Reduce     Downlink;
  * and Dilution Cryocooler.
The requirements for each technology will be included in the NMP TA. The successful technology providers will be selected to participate in this ST6 Technology Concept Definition Study Phase to take place between February and July 2001.
They will be responsible for the delivery of a Study Report that describes a proposed ST6 subsystem technology experiment requiring space flight validation. The Study Report shall contain development/test results of the proposed technology concept, cost data, partnering relationships, concept for flight validation, approach for access-to-space, and test and engineering data to substantiate maturity level of the proposed technology. Those subsystem technology providers whose concepts are competitively down-selected will become members of the ST6 project organization and will be expected to deliver the required flight hardware and software, conduct technology validation, and deliver results under the NMP.
The TA will be available on the NMP website at: under "Space Technology 6" on or about October 10, 2000. Alternately, by sending an electronic mail request to, a copy will be provided by return electronic mail.
There will be about a six (6) week response time. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by NASA-designated peer review panels. JPL’s Acquisition point of contact is Gerald T. O’Connell, (818) 354-4885 and the NMP Office Technical point of contact is David T. Spencer, (818) 354-4892. This is not a Request for Proposal (RFP).
LINKDESC: Space Technology 6
EMAILDESC: ST6 proposals
CITE: (W-251 SN494047)