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Space Technology Program Solicitation of Advanced Manufacturing White Papers

UPDATE: HQ has given the centers more time to review submissions. PIs who have already submitted their white papers to the CCT office have until Thursday, January 31st at 4pm to make revisions and e-mail to Leonard Yowell (leonard.yowell-1@nasa.gov). Reviewers will have four days to complete their reviews and PI’s may be requested to make changes between Feb 7th and the new HQ deadline, Feb 11th.

The Space Technology Program (STP) has asked the Center Chief Technologists (CCT) to solicit white papers from each center by the end of this month to help guide the project and funding strategy for Advanced Manufacturing in the agency. White papers should present concepts at technology readiness levels (TRL) 1-7 aimed at establishing a robust portfolio for the agency that will ensure affordability, cost savings, ease of manufacturing, and accelerated implementation for mission needs.

The CCT will review and forward papers that meet the criteria to STP. White papers must address either STP-identified thrust areas or product classes (see below) and align with STP Roadmap Technical Area (TA) 12 (Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing) or other roadmap. White papers are limited to 5 technical pages and up to 2 additional pages for budget and proposed schedule (FY14-16), using 12-point font. STP will review the white papers and down-select by March 1.

STP intends to pull together intercenter and interagency teams at a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) in April with the goal of developing manufacturing techniques needed to advance systems for the agency, as well as maintaining capabilities within the agency to conduct manufacturing of prototypes, systems or components that are not readily available from industry. The PIs of the selected white papers will be invited to D.C. to participate in the TIM.


The STP approach is to:

  1. Manufacture high fidelity models and simulation for testing and development.
  2. Manufacture prototypes, systems or components that are low- to mid-TRL levels that cannot be effectively developed by industry which can then be further developed and infused effectively in the supply chain where appropriate for NASA needs and critical national needs.
  3. Develop technology, processes and protocols for in space manufacture of tools, hardware, component parts, habitats and infrastructure.
  4. Develop and manufacture early prototype systems for testing and characterization; materials and structures development where needed for improved manufacturing capability.
  5. Conduct rapid manufacturing for systems development.
  6. Manufacture flight hardware.
  7. Develop certification and qualification approaches for manufacturing processes.
  8. Collaborate and integrate technology development with other government agencies and national initiatives: the Materials Genome Initiative, Nanotechnology Initiative and Robotics Initiative.

Thrust Areas

  • Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Metals Processes Welding, & Corrosion Protection
  • Analytical Process Modeling & Simulation
  • Non Destructive Evaluation
  • Ceramics/Metal Matrix Composites
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Metrology/Tribology
  • Technology Integration, Supply Chain, Cost & Productivity Analytical Modeling; Certification of hardware and low volume high value analysis
  • Other - Non-metallic Materials Processes (painting, bonding, molding)
  • Other - Metallic Materials Processes (powder metallurgy, plating, heat treating)

Product Classes

  • Spacecraft and Spacecraft component fabrication
  • Model-based supply network
  • Advanced robotics for habitat and infrastructure manufacturing and construction
  • In-space assembly, fabrication and repair
  • Optics fabrication and Large Ultra – light Precision Optical Structures
  • Green Production Processes for large structure fabrication
  • Smart Materials Production

White Paper Guidelines

  1. Ideas are encouraged to demonstrate multiple center collaborations that build on a common infusion path of the technology.
  2. White papers should provide the current SOA, current problem and proposed solution. A detailed project plan is not required.
  3. White papers are limited to 5 technical pages and up to 2 additional pages for budget and proposed schedule (FY14-16). A 12-point font should be used throughout the body.
  4. White papers should show clear alignment with STP Roadmap TA 12 (Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing) but can also align to other roadmaps as well as to other government agencies.
  5. Prior to submission, all white papers must receive concurrence from the Lead Center’s Chief Technologist or appropriate management official.
  6. Center Chief Technologists or their representative are requested to send all submitted white papers but have the option to provide rankings to HQ.

STP roadmaps are listed at: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/home/roadmaps/index.html

Please contact Leo Yowell ( leonard.yowell-1@nasa.gov) if you have any questions about the STP solicitation.

I hope that you will consider submitting a proposal.

Harry Partridge
NASA Ames Center Chief Technologist