The PCOS and COR Program Offices were set up by NASA HQ Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics Division to manage all aspects of these focused astrophysics programs. The Program Offices shepherd critical technologies toward infusion into Program-relevant flight projects. The Offices follow Astrophysics Division guidance, and base their recommendations on science community input, ensuring the most relevant technologies are solicited and developed. The PCOS and COR Program Offices, located at GSFC, serve as HQ’s implementation arm on PCOS and COR Program-related matters. The Astrophysics Division achieves efficiency by having the same staff and physical facilities serve both offices.
The Program Office technology development process, shown in the flow chart below, is guided by the priorities set forth in several documents:
We solicit community input on gaps between the current state of the art and technology needed for the strategic missions of the coming decades. These are collected through the PCOS Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) and COR Program Analysis Group (COPAG), or directly using our downloadable technology gap submission form. The Tech Gap Priorities tab shows the most recent set of gaps prioritized by the Programs.
Each year, the Program Offices review and prioritize the list of current technology gaps received from the community. While we welcome gap submissions anytime, only those we receive by June 1 are evaluated and prioritized by our Technology Management Board (TMB) in July. Later submissions are evaluated in the following year. The TMB’s prioritization criteria are:
The Program Offices present the strategic technology gaps, priorities, and current development investments both through Program Annual Technology Reports (PATRs) and posters presented at national conferences, such as this one, presented at a recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).