Through this Opportunity Notice (NOTICE) NASA seeks to select an Allied Organization for the Nano-Satellite Launcher prize competition (hereinafter “Challenge”) to be conducted under the Centennial Challenges Program of NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Allied Organizations are responsible for the following elements as they relate to individual Challenges:

• Challenge Planning. • Sponsor Recruitment. • Competitor Recruitment. • Challenge Administration and Execution. • Challenge Publicity.

NASA provides the monetary prize purse (which can be supplemented by outside organizations) but no funding for the conduct of the competition itself. Allied Organizations must administer the Challenges with their own funding or they must acquire the funding needed to administer the Challenges through agreements with sponsoring organizations or through other means.

Sponsoring organizations are those entities that team with an Allied Organization to augment the prize purse, provide funding for administrative expenses and/or provide in-kind support through separate agreements with the Allied Organization.

SPACE ACT AGREEMENTS NASA anticipates entering into an unfunded Space Act Agreement with a selected Allied Organization to manage the Nano-Satellite Launcher Challenge. Selection of an Allied Organization will be through a competitive process based on evaluation of submitted proposals. Participation as an Allied Organization will be contingent upon selection by NASA and negotiation of an appropriate agreement between NASA and the proposer. The Space Act Agreement will detail the contributions and responsibilities of NASA and the Allied Organization for a specific Challenge. The agreement will address intellectual property rights, concurrence on rules, team agreements, media rights, insurance, registration fees and eligibility, and typically include a term of 3 years. NASA reserves the right to select for Space Act Agreement negotiations all, some, or none of the proposals submitted in response to this NOTICE. Respondents will be responsible for funding their own activities associated with responding to this NOTICE and conducting the Challenge. The Allied Organization may collect reasonable registration fees from competitors but the use of registration fees as a primary means to cover Challenge administration costs is discouraged.

ELIGIBILITY Domestic non-profit organizations are eligible to submit proposals in response to this NOTICE. Allied Organizations cannot compete in the Challenge that they manage. Allied Organizations and their officers and employees may not have a financial or other interest in any teams that compete in any Challenge(s) they manage.

Multiple organizations may form a team to manage the Challenge and may submit a joint proposal.

NEW CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE The specific Challenge for which an Allied Organization is sought with this NOTICE is the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week. The prize purse is $2 million.

A description of the Challenge outlining NASA’s objectives is provided in the appendix to this NOTICE. Further refinements and creative enhancements of the Challenge objectives by the Allied Organizations, with concurrence by NASA, are encouraged.

Please review the full text of this solicitation announcement at the following website:
Nano-Satellite Launcher:


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