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Missions of Opportunity

Starting this year, SMD will solicit for Missions of Opportunity via a Stand Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice (SALMON).

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DivisionNameLaunch DatePhase
Heliophysics CINDI/CNOFS
The Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigations (CINDI) is a mission to understand the dynamics of the Earth's ionosphere. CINDI will provide two instruments for the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite, a project of the United States Air Force. This mission ...
20080416 April 16, 2008 3Operating
Astrophysics Hitomi (ASTRO-H)
Hitomi is a powerful orbiting observatory developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for studying extremely energetic processes in the universe.
20160217 February 17, 2016 4Past
Astrophysics NICER
The Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer Mission of Opportunity dedicated to the study of the extraordinary gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear-physics environments embodied by neutron stars.
20170201 February 2017 2Development
Astrophysics Suzaku (Astro-E2)
Suzaku (formerly Astro-E2) provides powerful tools to use the Universe as a laboratory for unraveling complex, high-energy processes and the behavior of matter under extreme conditions. This mission is part of SMD's Astrophysics Explorers program. This mission was awarded via ...
20050710 July 10, 2005 4Past
Heliophysics TWINS A & B
TWINS will provide stereo imaging of the Earth's magnetosphere, the region surrounding the planet controlled by its magnetic field and containing the Van Allen radiation belts and other energetic charged particles. This mission is part of SMD's Explorers Program. This ...
20080313 March 13, 2008 3Operating