AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 91. Next Generation Space Telescope
Display, Thursday, June 3, 1999, 9:20am-4:00pm, Southwest Exhibit Hall

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[91.12] The NGST Science Instrument Procurement Plan

NGST Project Office Team

The NGST will carry approximately 3 science instruments (SI) that together enable the wide field imaging and spectroscopic capability needed to perform the Design Reference Mission (http://www.ngst.nasa.gov/science/drm.html). The NGST telescope will permit these instruments to achieve Zodiacal light limited sensitivity over a wavelength range of 0.6 - 10+ microns.

During April 2000, responsibility to provide these instruments will be allocated among the NGST partner agencies: NASA, ESA, and CSA. Instruments allocated to NASA will be solicited via a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) during June 2001. This AO will be open to university, government, and industry scientists.

At the present time, 11 science instrument concept studies are being conducted by US, European, and Canadian teams. Final results from these 1 year studies will be presented at the NGST Science and Technology Exposition at Woods Hole MA during September 1999 (http://ngst.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/meetings/WHannouncement.html). It is not necessary to have participated in these pre-Phase A activities in order to answer the up coming instrument technologies NRA or the flight instrument AO.

In this poster, we present the process by which SI concepts will be allocated among NASA, ESA, and CSA prior to the AO solicitation as well as top level time lines for instrument acquisition and development.

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