Lunar Orbiter- NASA NSSDCA

DataFromDust seeks to fulfill a NASA Funding Announcement for “Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers” which “advance capabilities for science, exploration, or commercial development of the Moon.”

DataFromDust is still in the initial stages of creating a scientific instrument proposal and is open to input and individuals interested in joining the project team.

Regarding the purpose of the instrument, NASA states, “On early missions, science instruments will likely gather data related to heat flow within the Moon’s interior, solar wind and atmosphere as well as dust detection. Lander payloads could also conduct technology demonstrations, using the Moon as a technology testbed for Mars.”

‘“We are looking for ways to not only conduct lunar science but to also use the Moon as a science platform to look back at the Earth, observe the Sun, or view the vast Universe,” said Steve Clarke, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “In terms of technology, we are interested in those instruments or systems that will help future missions—both human and robotic—explore the Moon and feed forward to future Mars missions.”’

November 2019 is the estimated initial proposal deadline for the next lunar lander opportunity.

Read more:
NASA’s Description of the Call
NASA’s Information on the Call for Proposals
Guidebook for Proposers Responding to A NASA Funding Announcement
NASA’s Exploration Program


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Of note: the NASA FA Guidebook states that the proposal must arrive as a hard copy by the deadline. Additionally, the proposal must be submitted through both theNSPIRES system and

  2. NASA has identified Strategic Knowledge Gaps (SKG’s) which we can use as the basis for creating our proposal. Read about them here:

  3. For those skeptical of meeting the deadline, be aware that NASA has stated its intentions to announce another Funding Announcement for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads in approximately one year from the November 2019 deadline, and potentially another one year after that. Therefore, any work done by the team will not be in vain should the we fail to meet the deadline or not be granted the FA; it can be revised and submitted in a later round of FA’s. However, I do believe we have the ability to meet the deadlines for this round.

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