NASA Competitions

History and forecast of NASA major flight mission Announcements of Opportunity (open competitions). Compiled from NASA NSPIRES data, National Academies reports, NASA press releases, program websites, and other sources.

1993-09-01 00:00:00

Small Explorer

Selected: TRACE, WIRE

1994-07-01 00:00:00

Discovery

Selected: Lunar Prospector, Stardust

1995-09-01 00:00:00

Medium Explorer

Selected: IMAGE, WMAP

1996-09-01 00:00:00

Pathfinder 1

Selected: GRACE, Vegetation Canopy Lidar

1996-09-20 00:00:00

Discovery

Selected: GENESIS, CONTOUR

1997-04-14 00:00:00

Small Explorer

Selected: RHESSI, GALEX

1998-03-25 00:00:00

Medium Explorer

Selected: SWIFT, FAME

1998-03-31 00:00:00

Discovery

Selected: MESSENGER, Deep Impact

1998-09-01 00:00:00

Pathfinder 2

Selected: CLOUDSAT, CALIPSO

1999-09-01 00:00:00

GLAST Instruments

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1999-11-01 00:00:00

Small Explorer

Selected: SPIDR, AIM

2000-04-01 00:00:00

Discovery

Selected: Dawn, Kepler

2001-01-01 00:00:00

New Frontiers

Selected: New Horizons

2001-03-26 00:00:00

Space Technology 6

Selected: Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment, Inertial Stellar Compass

2001-05-18 00:00:00

Pathfinder 3

Selected: OCO, Aquarius?

2001-07-16 00:00:00

Medium Explorer

Selected: THEMIS

2001-11-30 00:00:00

James Webb Space Telescope Instruments

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2002-01-18 00:00:00

Solar Dynamics Observatory Instruments

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2002-05-01 00:00:00

Mars Scout

Selected: PHOENIX

2003-01-03 00:00:00

Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Instruments

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2003-02-03 00:00:00

Small Explorer

Selected: IBEX and NuSTAR

2003-02-18 00:00:00

Space Technology 8

Selected: Dependable Microprocessor, UltraFlex Solar Array, SAILMAST Ultra Lightweight Boom, Thermal Loop

2003-10-10 00:00:00

New Frontiers 2

Finalists: MoonRise, Juno; Selected: Juno

2004-04-14 00:00:00

Mars Science Laboratory Instruments

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2004-06-18 00:00:00

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Instruments

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2004-08-25 00:00:00

Space Technology 9

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2005-08-23 00:00:00

Radiation Belt Storm Probe Instruments

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2006-01-03 00:00:00

Discovery

Selected: GRAIL

2006-05-01 00:00:00

Mars Scout

Selected: MAVEN

2007-09-28 00:00:00

Small Explorer

Selected: IRIS, GEMS

2008-09-03 00:00:00

Lunar Dust Instrument

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2009-04-20 00:00:00

New Frontiers 3

Selected: OSIRIS-REX

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Venture 1

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2009-12-03 00:00:00

Solar Probe Plus Instruments

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2010-06-07 00:00:00

Discovery

Finalists: GEMS (Mars), TiME (Titan), Comet Hopper

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Explorer

Under review

2011-03-01 00:00:00

Tech Demo Missions

Selected: Laser Communications Relay, Deep Space Atomic Clock, Solar Sail

2011-06-30 00:00:00

Venture 2

Under review

2011-08-15 00:00:00

SOFIA Instruments

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2011-09-30 00:00:00

Venture Instruments

Planned

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Tech Demo Missions

Forecast

2013-01-01 00:00:00

SOLAR-C Instruments

Forecast

2013-06-07 00:00:00

Discovery

Forecast

2014-09-01 00:00:00

Explorer

Forecast

2014-10-10 00:00:00

New Frontiers

Forecast

2015-03-30 00:00:00

Venture 3

Forecast

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