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.

Space Technology 6

Selected: Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment, Inertial Stellar Compass

Pathfinder 3

Selected: OCO, Aquarius?

Medium Explorer

Selected: THEMIS

James Webb Space Telescope Instruments

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Instruments

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Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Instruments

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Small Explorer

Selected: IBEX and NuSTAR

Space Technology 8

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

New Frontiers 2

Finalists: MoonRise, Juno; Selected: Juno

Mars Science Laboratory Instruments

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Venture 3

Forecast

Small Explorer

Selected: TRACE, WIRE

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Instruments

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Space Technology 9

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Radiation Belt Storm Probe Instruments

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Discovery

Selected: GRAIL

Mars Scout

Selected: MAVEN

Small Explorer

Selected: IRIS, GEMS

Lunar Dust Instrument

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New Frontiers 3

Selected: OSIRIS-REX

Venture 1

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Solar Probe Plus Instruments

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Discovery

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

Explorer

Under review

Tech Demo Missions

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

Venture 2

Under review

Mars Scout

Selected: PHOENIX

SOFIA Instruments

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Venture Instruments

Planned

SOLAR-C Instruments

Forecast

Discovery

Forecast

Explorer

Forecast

Tech Demo Missions

Forecast

New Frontiers

Forecast

Small Explorer

Selected: RHESSI, GALEX

Small Explorer

Selected: SPIDR, AIM

Medium Explorer

Selected: SWIFT, FAME

Medium Explorer

Selected: IMAGE, WMAP

Discovery

Selected: Dawn, Kepler

Discovery

Selected: GENESIS, CONTOUR

New Frontiers

Selected: New Horizons

GLAST Instruments

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Pathfinder 2

Selected: CLOUDSAT, CALIPSO

Pathfinder 1

Selected: GRACE, Vegetation Canopy Lidar

Discovery

Selected: MESSENGER, Deep Impact

Discovery

Selected: Lunar Prospector, Stardust

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