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Explorer (EX) Program Library

EX Library Last Updated: 01.09.2013 (View Change Log)

Strategic Documents
  1. NPD 1001.0, The 2006 NASA Strategic Plan
  2. 2010 Science Plan for NASAšs Science Mission Directorate
  3. Heliophysics, The Solar and Space Physics of a New Era, Recommended Roadmap for Science and Technology 2009-2030
Documents Specific to the Explorer Program
  1. Explorer 2011 Mission Assurance Requirements (February 8, 2012)
  2. Guidelines and Criteria for the Phase A Concept Study
    V2 version (dated 1/6/2012) of requirements for the performance of a Phase A Concept Study. Document showing changes from the initial version (dated 10/18/2011).
  3. Launch Services Information Summary
    Revision (dated 11/4/11) based on updates of all the available launch vehicle providers, for that vehicle performance class, to the NLS II contract.
  4. NASA's Mission Operations and Communications Services
  5. Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Education & Public Outreach Evaluation Factors
  6. The Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Educational Merit Evaluation Factors for Student Collaboration Elements
  7. SMD Mission Extension Paradigm
  8. Draft Model Contract for Phases B/C/D/E
  9. Proposal Summary Information (listing of the contents of the NSPIRES cover page)
  10. Excel version of the template tables in the AO.
    Table B1: Example Science Traceability Matrix
    Table B2: Example Mission Traceability Matrix
    Table B3: Total Mission Cost Funding Profile Template
    Table B5: Master Equipment List
  11. Meeting the 70% JCL Requirement in PI-led Missions
  12. NASA Interim Directive (NID) for NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7120.5D NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements (NM 7120-81)
  13. Program Level Requirements Examples
  14. Mission Definition Requirements Agreement (MDRA) Examples
  15. NPR 7120.5 Revision E Rollout Briefing
  16. Explorer Program Status (May 22, 2012)
  17. Explorer AO CSR Evaluation Plan (Updated:Jan 8, 2013)
Documents Specific to International Space Station Payloads
  1. Information on International Space Station Resources
The following NASA Directives may be found in the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) Library ( ).
  1. NPD 1001.0, The 2006 NASA Strategic Plan
  2. NPD 1360.2A, Initiation and Development of International Cooperation in Space and Aeronautics Programs
  3. NPD 2820.1, NASA Software Policy
    Clarification: NPD 2820.1 is obsolete, proposers should follow NPD 7120.4D (NASA Engineering and Program/Project Management Policy) as the guiding document. NPD 7120.4D references two additional documents, NPR7150.2 (NASA Software Engineering Requirements) and NPR 2210.1C (Release of NASA Software), which is to be followed when developing software for flight on NASA missions.
  4. NPD 5101.32, Procurement
  5. NPR 5800.1, Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook
  6. NPR 7120.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements
  7. NPR 7123.1A, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements w/Change 1 (11/04/09)
  8. NPD 8074.1, Management and Utilization of NASA's Space Communication and Navigation Infrastructure
  9. NPR 8580.1, Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114
  10. NPD 8610.7D, NASA Launch Services Risk Mitigation Policy for NASA-Owned or NASA-Sponsored Payloads/Missions
  11. NPR 8705.4, Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
  12. NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements
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  14. NPR 8715.6, NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris
The following NASA technical standars documents may be found in the public access portion of the NASA Standards and Technical Assistance Resource Tool (START) ( ).
  1. NASA-STD-8719.14, NASA Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) may be accessed at The following parts of the Federal Acquisition Regulations are referenced in this AO.
  1. FAR 15.401, “Contract Pricing Definitions”
  2. FAR 15.406-2, “Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data”
  3. FAR 33.101, “Protests Definitions”
  4. FAR 52.219-8, “Utilization of Small Business Concerns”
  5. FAR 52.219-9, “Small Business Subcontracting Plan”
  6. FAR 52.222-26, “Equal Opportunity”
  7. FAR 52.226-2, “Historically Black College or University and Minority Institution Representation”
  8. FAR 52.227-11, “Patent Rights – Ownership by the Contractor”
  9. FAR 52.227-14, “Rights in Data – General”
  10. FAR 52.233-2, “Service of Protest”
The NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) may be accessed at The following parts of the NASA FAR Supplement are referenced in this AO.
  1. NFS 1815.208, “Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals”
  2. NFS 1835.016-70, “Foreign participation under broad agency announcements”
  3. NFS 1852.227-11, “Patent Rights--Retention by the Contractor”
  4. NFS 1852.227-70, “New Technology”
  5. NFS 1852.227-71, “Requests for Waiver of Rights to Inventions”
  6. NFS 1852.233-70, “Protests to NASA”
  7. NFS 1872.308, "Proposals submitted by NASA investigators”
  8. NFS 1872.403-1, "Advisory subcommittee evaluation process”
  9. NFS 1872.705-1, “Appendix A: General instructions and provisions”
NASA Procurement Information Circulars (PICs) may be accessed at The following NASA Procurement Information Circulars are referenced in this AO.
  1. PIC 05-15, “Guidance On Competitive Procedures For Broad Agency Announcements”
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) may be accessed at The following parts of the Code of Federal Regulations are referenced in this AO.
  1. 14 CFR Part 1216.3, “Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)”
  2. 15 CFR Parts 730-774, “Export Administration Regulations”
  3. 22 CFR Parts120-130, “International Traffic in Arms Regulations”
  4. 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508, “Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA”
The United States Code (USC) may be accessed at The following parts of the United States Code are referenced in this AO.
  1. 42 USC 4321 et seq., "National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA)"
Executive Orders may be accessed at The following Executive Orders are referenced in this AO.
  1. Executive Order 12114, “Environmental effects abroad of major Federal actions”
61. The Managerial Cost Accounting Concepts and Standards for the Federal Government as recommended by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board may be accessed at
62. The Step-One Proposal Evaluation Plan Template may be accessed at
63. NTIA Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management may be accessed at

NASA technical reports may be found on the NASA Technical Reports Server - NTRS ( ).
Samples of draft language for the technical content of an International Agreement.
A full agreement has not been posted because they are becoming country/partner unique and one is not the same as another. Additionally, the legal language is constantly changing and NASA does not want proposers to waste time on parts of the agreement that have changed (or worse share with a partner what they think the language is and thus make it all the more difficult for NASA to change it later).
64.  Juno with Belgium (February 7, 2012)
65.  MSL with France (February 7, 2012)