Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
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Pipelining Initiative for Space Applied Technology and Science (PI-SATS)

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience and Earth systems


  • CSES Director
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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New for FY23, the Pipelining Initiative for Space Applied Technology and Science (PI-SATS) is a cross cutting NSEC topic that is also directly responsive to the LANL Institutional Space Strategy goals and objectives:

  • IG-1. Enhance the effectiveness of LANL in serving national space interests.
    • IO-1.2. Increase attention to technology maturation and mission utility.
    • IO-1.4. Develop the current workforce of space professionals towards more effective service of national space interests.
  • IG-2. Advance technical capabilities needed to overcome national space challenges.
    • IO-2.1. Advance fieldable data-to-information processing technologies.
    • IO-2.2. Advance sensing capabilities serving evolving national space interests.
    • IO-2.3. Advance capabilities to rapidly develop, demonstrate, and operationalize space technologies and systems.
  • IG-3. Grow LANL contributions to national space endeavors.
    • IO-3.1. Increase the external visibility of LANL space contributions to promote recognition and future growth opportunities.
    • IO-3.2. Enhance the exploitation of broad and unique LANL capabilities towards future space growth opportunities.
    • IO-3.3. Grow the workforce of space professionals to enable increased LANL contribution to national space endeavors.
The Space Science & Exploration Portfolio Action Plan goals and objectives also relevant to PI-SATS are:
  • PG-1. Pursue fundamental and applied R&D science and technology
    • PO-1.1. Workforce retention and professional development
    • PO-1.2. Strong foundation for mission development
  • PG-2. Provide a clear pathway for sustainable Technology Readiness Level (TRL) development
  • PG-3. Support and sustain space mission-related science and operations facilities critical to ongoing and future space missions

While fundamental R&D will remain within Focused Science Topics 2.1-2.6, the PI-SATS portfolio will contain applied projects from Focused Science Topics 2.1-2.6 (as well as topics below) relevant to enhancing our competitive advancement of TRL for space missions. All CSES program elements and calls may submit to PI-SATS. Proposals must show a strong pipelining component and/or workforce development, such as student or postdoc involvement, EC leadership, and/or engagement of LANL staff new to space technology development. The most competitive proposals will have excellent student and/or postdoc engagement.