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Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Instruments

Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Instruments

15 January 2010

ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity soliciting proposals for scientific instruments for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, one element of the joint ESA-NASA ExoMars programme.

The ExoMars Programme comprises two joint mission opportunities for launch in 2016 and 2018. These will investigate the Martian environment and demonstrate new technologies paving the way for a future Mars sample return mission in the 2020's.

Artist's impression of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.  Credit: ESA

The 2016 mission is led by ESA and launched by NASA. ESA will provide a Mars orbiter and an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The Announcement of Opportunity issued today by ESA and NASA solicits proposals for the scientific instrument complement of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

This orbiter will accommodate scientific instruments for the detection of atmospheric trace gases, the study of their temporal and spatial evolution, and the localization of their source regions. In addition, the 2016 orbiter will provide surface telecommunications support for the 2018 mission and for other landed assets until 2022.

Instrument proposals having an international dimension are encouraged. In particular, participation is encouraged from scientists in the U.S. and in countries contributing to ESA's Aurora Programme (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom). The two agencies will conduct a joint evaluation and coordinated selection process leading to a mutually agreed payload.

This AO is issued as an appendix to the NASA Stand Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice Announcement of Opportunity (SALMON AO). The SALMON AO provides the overall structure and guidelines for several types of mission of opportunity solicitations. Each new opportunity is announced with a program element appendix (PEA). The PEA for this AO is given as "H6: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Instruments Investigations".

Full details of this announcement of opportunity are provided at:
the NSPIRES dedicated ExoMars AO web page

Interested parties should note that this Announcement of Opportunity serves as the only mechanism for proposals from ESA participating state investigators wishing to participate in the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Science.


Pre-proposal teleconference 9 February 2010
Final date for submitting questions 1 April 2010 (2 weeks before proposal deadline)
Due date for Notice of Intent 19 February 2010
Due date for Proposals 11:59 pm Eastern Time 15 April 2010
04:59 am GMT 16 April 2010

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted electronically via NASA's secure master proposal data base system, the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at All organisations and individuals named on the proposals must be registered in NSPIRES. Potential proposers are urged to access this site well in advance of the Notice of Intent and proposal due dates to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested identifier information.

Important documents

Other support documents, including

  • Experiment proposal information package (E-PIP);
  • Report of the Mars Orbiter Joint Instrument Definition Team (JIDT);
  • ExoMars Science Management Plan;

can be found in the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Instruments AO Library, located at:

Further information, contacts, questions

ESA point of contact:
Dr. Jorge L. Vago
ExoMars Project Scientist
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 71 565 5211

NASA point of contact:
Dr. Philippe Crane
Planetary Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Tel: +1 202-358-0716


Please submit questions electronically to the following address:

Questions will be accepted up to 2 weeks before the proposal due date.


Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Jun-2021 03:15 UT

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