KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 9, 2012) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, announced today that December 27, 2012 is the new submission deadline for its “Materials Testing in the Extreme Environment of Space” Request for Proposals (RFP).
“Because of significant interest in this RFP, CASIS is extending the deadline for the Materials Science solicitation in order to make sure that everybody throughout the research community has ample time to ask questions and submit their proposals,” said CASIS Interim Executive Director Jim Royston.
The date by which participants will now have to notify CASIS of initial interest in participating in the RFP is November 20, 2012. Notification must be done via www.iss-casis.org. Final proposals must be submitted electronically by 5pm EST on December 27, 2012 via the CASIS solicitations website page.
The Materials Testing RFP focuses on research in Materials Science that can be exposed to the extreme conditions of space in order to understand and make use of the physical and chemical properties influenced by microgravity, atomic oxygen, low pressure and/or vast temperature variations. This RFP -- which CASIS will support through grant funding, implementation partner access, and flight coordination to and from the ISS -- will utilize the NanoRacks External Platform.
CASIS is planning to host an informational Webinar with NanoRacks on November 13, 2012. Please monitor the CASIS website and social media platforms for updates on the confirmation and details of this webinar.
For additional information about this RFP, including instructions and resources regarding Materials Testing in the Extreme Environment of Space, continue to check the CASIS solicitations site: www.iss-casis.org/solicitations.
About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. The CASIS goal is to bring the magic of space down to earth. For more information, visit www.iss-casis.org.
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low earth orbit and varied environments of space. The ISS National Laboratory Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center currently facilitates research initiatives on board the station’s National Lab, but management of America’s only in-orbit laboratory is transitioning to CASIS.
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