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Tips for Preparing Proposals for Suborbital Flight Testing


  • Stephan Ord, NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program
  • Brock LaMeres, Ph.D., Montana State University

February 3, 2021


Chief Technologist Stephan Ord has reviewed hundreds of proposals submitted for suborbital flight testing through Flight Opportunities each year. In this webinar, he will share useful advice for researchers preparing to respond to NASA’s Tech Flights Solicitations or other opportunities that provide access to flight tests. Stephan will also be joined by veteran Principal Investigator Brock LaMeres of Montana State University to discuss the most important things prospective researchers should keep in mind while preparing a Flight Opportunities proposal, as well as how to be sure a proposed technology aligns with the funding organization’s priorities. The panel’s insights will be valuable to all researchers seeking suborbital flight tests.

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Speaker Bios

Stephan Ord is currently Chief Technologist for the NASA Flight Opportunities program. In this role, he oversees the portfolio of technologies receiving support from the program, all the way from proposal selection to the transition of promising technologies to missions conducted by NASA and other entities. In addition to his work with Flight Opportunities, Stephan has worked on a variety of projects ranging from flight simulators to wind tunnels to small spacecraft during his more than 30 years as an engineer and manager with NASA.

Dr. Brock LaMeres is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Montana State University, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of digital systems with particular emphasis on exploiting reprogrammable fabrics to deliver more effective computer systems. Dr. LaMeres has tested multiple technologies on various suborbital vehicles with support from Flight Opportunities, and his team is currently working on a computer technology (RadPC) under funding from NASA that will be heading to the moon in 2023.