New Shepard payload customers with the Blue Origin team at the Crew Capsule 2.0 landing site during our last mission.
Hi Panagiotis (Peter)
This December marked a big milestone for Blue Origin’s New Shepard as we successfully launched and returned our first commercial payload mission. (See our blog for more details.) Flights are continuing throughout 2018, and our manifests for 2019 and 2020 are being built up now, so the timing is great to get on board!
Perhaps the most common question we get from new users is how to secure their space on a mission. One of the best things about a commercial program is that the answer can be as simple as “sign a contract and send a check”. If you have resources already lined up, there is no need to wait in a selection queue. You can simply purchase a slot on an upcoming flight.
For those seeking external funding, the spectrum of options is wide. We’ve had schools host pancake breakfasts and PTA fundraisers. Companies have dedicated internal R&D funds. And teams have written proposals to state and local governments, national space and science agencies, and private foundations. A few specific proposal opportunities are highlighted below.
If you are interested in proposing a payload on New Shepard, simply reply to this email with a brief summary of your idea and which proposal you have in mind. We’ll help get you started on the journey!
NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program: SpaceTech-REDDI-2018-FO-F1
NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program continues their support for suborbital flights of technology demos from both US Government and extramural organizations, but has moved from twice-annual solicitations to just a single call for proposals. Proposals for the 2018 REDDI FO Appendix are due June 8. Of interest, this year marks the first time NASA has opened the door to proposals that require involvement of Blue Origin personnel onboard the spacecraft. If you’d like to discuss this unique opportunity, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate: ROSES-2018
NASA SMD offers Earth, atmospheric, heliophysics, and space science payloads flight support through their ROSES omnibus. In addition to our traditional in-cabin payloads, this call can be a great place to take advantage of our new exposed interface on the outside of New Shepard. Proposal due dates vary by domain.
The new Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) has calls on the street for Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH-1801, Step 1 proposals due April 16) and minimally invasive point-of-care diagnostics (LOIs due April 12). While focused on long-duration space medical topics, suborbital flights may be useful for collecting preliminary data or advancing technology readiness levels for future NASA flights.
ASGSR Student Competition
Student members of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) are invited to submit proposals for the annual Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Competition, which awards a $1000 research grant and NanoLab research flight to promising young space life and physical science researchers. Proposals are due August 1. Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
EEF Student Competition in Greece
Similarly, the Hellenic Association of Physicists is accepting proposals from secondary school students across Greece for their first spaceflight competition on New Shepard. Notice of intent is due May 30, with full proposals by June 30. καλή τύχη σε όλους!