Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Concepts for Ocean Worlds Life Detection Technology (COLDTech): Autonomy, Communications, and Radiation-Hard Devices (ROSES 2020)

The goal of the Concepts for Ocean worlds Life Detection Technology (COLDTech) Program is to support the development of spacecraft-based technology for surface and subsurface exploration of ocean worlds such as Europa and Enceladus to develop and reduce the technical risk of technology so that they may eventually be incorporated into future flight missions and/or proposed in response to future Announcements of Opportunity (AOs) for these missions.

This particular program element, "COLDTech: Autonomy, Communications, and Radiation-Hard Devices", does not solicit the development of scientific instruments or sample acquisition systems, nor does it solicit technology for a flight opportunity. Specific technologies sought for this COLDTech opportunity are 1) autonomy for landed operations, 2) technology to enable communication through many kilometers of ice thickness; and 3) radiation-hard digital devices. Proposals are expected to consider the practicality of incorporating the technical advances into flight missions, i.e., mass, volume, power, computational resources, and data rates will be constrained on typical planetary science missions so proposed technologies should aim to minimize their demands on these resources.


  • Required Step-1 Proposals: Dec. 1, 2020
  • Step-2 Proposals: Feb. 19, 2021
Areas of Interest

1.1 Through-the-Ice Communication

1.2 Radiation-Hard Digital Devices

1.3 Autonomy for Landed Operations

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