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NASA Seeks Game Changing Solar Array Systems Proposals

WASHINGTON April 26, 2012

Michael Gazarik Washington

NASA’s Space Technology program is seeking proposals for solar array system structures from all potential U.S. organizations, including NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations.

Stephen Gaddis Hampton, Va.

The NASA solicitation will cover two acquisition phases and involve a competitive selection process. During Phase I, proposers will design, analyze and test a scalable solar array system capable of generating more than 30kW of power. The Phase I teams also will identify the most critical technological risks of extending their concept to 250 kW or greater power levels. The intent of Phase II is to prove flight readiness through an in-space demonstration of an advanced, modular and extendable solar array system. After Phase II, follow-on applications will range from high power communications satellites to solar electric propulsion systems.

$15 to $20 million

This solicitation is an appendix to NASA’s Game Changing Opportunities in Technology Development research announcement and can be found through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System website by going to "Solicitations" and then "Open Solicitations" at:

Hampton, Va. Cleveland

For more information on the Game Changing Development Program’s activities, visit:

For more information about NASA’s Technology Demonstration Missions Program, which will manage Phase II of this solicitation, visit:



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