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Get Involved with the Flight Opportunities Program

Researchers interested in testing their payload in a relevant environment are encouraged to follow these best practices to engage with the program and make the most of their experience. In some cases, a link is provided where you can hear more about the suggestion from the relevant Community of Practice webinar.

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Three researchers peer through the white bands that create a cell-like space containing a floating cube with QR codes on each side. A camera mounted to the top corner of the cell records the experiment.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis test a CubeSat attitude control technology in microgravity during a parabolic flight in November 2022, as part of NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.
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Learn About the Program

Stay in the know

Subscribe to the Flight Opportunities newsletter and monitor the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NPSIRES) to stay on top of the latest news about calls and solicitations.

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Understand the avenues for funding

Visit the Access Flight Tests page to see the funding mechanisms available to researchers.

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Leverage resources from Flight Opportunities

Review previous flight summaries, the technology portfolio, and the flight provider information to understand the types of technologies the program supports and the types of vehicles and flight profiles that program-supported teams have leveraged for flight testing.


Engage with Us

Reach out to Flight Opportunities personnel

Talk to Flight Opportunities personnel early on for valuable insights, such as how to better scope your testing before flight. Subscribe to the Flight Opportunities newsletter to know which conferences program personnel will be attending.

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Ask questions

Reach out to the Flight Opportunities program to discuss your technology and any questions you have prior to the opening of a solicitation.

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Align with Our Goals

Research the state of the art and current gaps

Research what technologies already exist and the relevant technology gaps. As needed, find appropriate subject matter experts to help you understand the state of the art and how your technology might address any gaps. The Flight Opportunities technology team can assist you with finding appropriate partners to work with.

Understand NASA’s needs

Consult NASA’s Strategic Framework, which has documents as well as videos from principal technologists within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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