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Astrophsyics

PCOS Mission Studies

2012 Architecting Studies

NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program initiated two studies to develop mission concepts that could meet some or all of the objectives outlined in the New Worlds, New Horizons decadal report for the areas of X-ray astronomy and gravitational-wave science. The PCOS Program worked with these communities to define mission concepts that achieve these science objectives at multiple price points.

This began with the release of a formal Request for Information (RFI) on each topic. In parallel, NASA released an open solicitation inviting members of the science community to participate in a Community Science Team (CST) for the X-ray mission or the gravitational-wave mission. The Program Office worked with each CST to review the RFI responses. In December 2012, workshops, which will be open to the community, were held to discuss the RFI responses and define the mission concepts to be studied.

A PCOS Program study team, working with each CST, identified the requirements relevant to each concept, defined the mission configuration options, executed mission design runs at mission design laboratories, refined the mission concepts and drafted a mission concept study reports.

Details relevant to each of these architecting studies can be found by following the links below:



PCOS News

Program News and Announcements

8 Dec 2017
NASA welcomes applications for Program Scientists Jan 2-31 via USAJOBS. »  Details [PDF]
1 Dec 2017
The 2017 PCOS Newsletter [PDF], focusing on PCOS's high energy particle and γ-ray astrophysics science themes, is now available! In addition to news from current and future missions and studies, it contains more than 20 articles on the current and future landscape of topics spanning from cosmic rays, neutrinos, and dark matter to γ-rays, gravitational waves, and multimessenger astronomy.
17 Oct 2017
NASA has selected NASA LISA Study Team members to help prepare the LISA Decadal survey science case; identified Study Office members, including a core team who will work closely with the study team members; and nominated representatives to ESA's LISA Science Study Team.

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