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Space Navigation Workshop (NASA), Feb 2017, DC

16-Feb-2017 through 17-Feb-2017

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program will hold a workshop on February 16-17, 2017 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC on "Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation."    The workshop is on February 16 and optional one-on-one meetings with industry participants are on February 17.

NASA is soliciting information from all interested U.S. private sector enterprises only.

Reservations are required for the one-on-one meetings by 5:00 pm ET February 8.  Contact James J. Miller at

More information is in the Federal Register notice, which is reproduced below:


[Notice: (17-002)]

Notice of Intent To Hold Space Navigation Workshop and Request 
for Information

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ACTION: Request for Information or Sources Sought Notice.


SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space 
Communication and Navigations (SCaN) Program announces a Workshop on 
Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation to inform 
industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) 
technologies and techniques being developed to enhance the operational 
efficiency and flexibility of future missions. The ``Nav Workshop'' 
will include optional one-on-one discussions with industry participants 
on a space-available basis Friday, February 17, 2017. NASA is 
soliciting information from all interested U.S. private sector 
enterprises only.

DATES: The Space Navigation Workshop, Thursday, February 16, 2017, and 
the One-on-One Meetings, Friday, February 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters Auditorium (west lobby) 300 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20546.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. participants will register/sign-
in for the Navigation Workshop at the door on February 16. To RSVP for 
the follow-on One-on-One Meetings scheduled for February 17, please 
RSVP to James J.

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Miller by February 8 at or 202-358-4417.
    Reservations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017. A confirmation email will be sent to 
acknowledge your requested participation. Companies will be notified on 
or before Friday, February 10, 2017, of their assigned One-on-One 
meeting time.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This announcement is a Request for 
Information (RFI) or Sources Sought Notice and is limited to U.S. 
citizens or residents. This synopsis is for information and planning 
purposes and does NOT constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP). Requests 
for a solicitation will not receive a response. No reimbursement will 
be made for any costs associated with providing information in response 
to this announcement or any follow-up information requested. No basis 
for claim against the Government shall arise as a result of a response 
to this announcement or Government use of any information provided. 
This announcement does not restrict the Government's right to consider 
acquisition strategies as deemed appropriate.
    The Nav Workshop will allow industry to gain a better understanding 
of space navigation technologies and techniques that NASA is investing 
in to better enable space missions in near Earth, cis-Lunar space, and 
deep space domains. It will also allow industry to better align their 
navigation research and development efforts with NASA's Architecture 
Roadmaps now under development. The follow-on one-on-one meetings are 
intended to provide a forum for industry to share their ideas with 
NASA, for NASA to understand the scope of space navigation technologies 
being developed in the commercial sector, and for both NASA and 
industry to assess areas for potential collaboration regarding 
navigation technology development efforts that have the potential to 
serve national needs. NASA is therefore seeking broad information about 
systems previously flown, systems currently in development--including 
for other non-NASA missions--and future technologies that are relevant 
to space navigation and space-based PNT.
    Navigation topics to be discussed during the Nav Workshop include:
     Emerging Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) 
applications, including the development and use of GNSS in high 
altitude applications in the Space Service Volume (SSV), protecting and 
enhancing the GPS SSV, developing a multi-GNSS SSV, NASA's current and 
future missions employing GNSS in the SSV, and GNSS receiver 
developments within NASA.
     Emerging Navigation technologies, including PNT 
capabilities envisioned for the Next Generation Broadcast Service 
(NGBS), innovative timing system developments and techniques such as 
the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), optical navigation capabilities and 
techniques that support rendezvous, landing on objects (near Earth or 
solar system objects) or docking to vehicles, and navigation & PNT 
capabilities supporting proximity operations, satellite servicing, and 
formation flying.
     Other advanced topics to be addressed include the use of 
optimetrics from laser communications systems to support precise PNT 
solutions, on-board navigation software and filters, such as the 
Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS), and X-ray 
Navigation capabilities and techniques.
    The agenda for the Nav Workshop and Industry Meetings is as 

Tentative Space Navigation Workshop Agenda (Thursday, February 16, 

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Networking Opportunity
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Introductions & Emerging GNSS Applications
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Next-Generation Developing Technologies
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Game-Changing Initiatives
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wrap-Up
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Networking Opportunity

One-on-One Industry Meetings With NASA (Friday, February 17, 2017)

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 45 minute information-exchange/discussion

    To RSVP for the February 16 workshop and follow-on One-on-One 
Meetings scheduled for February 17, please RSVP to James J. Miller by 
February 8 at or 202-358-4417.
    Attendance limitations: The Navigation Workshop and One-on-One 
Meeting attendees is strictly limited to four (4) persons per company.

One-on-One Meeting Description

    To facilitate interactive communication with industry, NASA SCaN 
representatives will be available for One-on-One meetings to exchange 
ideas on areas of synergy and potential collaboration. NASA will hold 
One-on-One meetings with industry on Friday, February 17, 2016, from 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, to discuss Space Navigation technologies 
and techniques as related to Nav Workshop presentations. The meetings 
will be held with interested parties at scheduled times provided in 
response to the RSVP on a space available basis. NASA will attempt to 
prioritize non-local companies with One-on-One meeting times.
    The One-on-One meetings are intended to be private question-and-
answer and information-gathering sessions based on industry 
developments that align with NASA investments for enhanced autonomous 
space navigation capabilities. Industry presentation packages are 
acceptable and will be held in accordance with any proprietary or 
business confidential markings as annotated on the chart package. 
Meetings will not exceed 45 minutes in length. One appointment per hour 
will be scheduled. Additional separate meetings can be scheduled later 
if demand exceeds capacity.
    No recording devices are permitted during the Workshop and One-on-
One meetings.

Cheryl E. Parker,
Federal Register Liaison Officer.

Space Navigation Workshop Registration and Industry ``One-on-One'' RSVP 

1. Full Name:
2. Title:
3. Organization Name:
4. Email address:
5. Phone Number:
6. Company's Primary Point of Contact for interactions with NASA on 
Navigation Workshop (Please provide full name):
7. Company's Point of Contact Email address:
8. Company's Point of Contact Phone Number:
9. Are you interested in participating in the Space Navigation Workshop 
``One-on-One''? yes/no
10. If yes, please provide the full Names of the representatives 
attending (4 or less):
11. Interested and local/Interested and from out of town/Not interested

[FR Doc. 2017-01711 Filed 1-25-17; 8:45 am]