From Concept to Opportunity
The JPL Innovation Foundry works with internal and external JPL partners to bring their space mission ideas, from the initial concept, all the way to a complete proposal package, targeting an opportunity for flight.
Leveraging the experience and knowledge of JPL's subject matter experts, we facilitate and guide advanced studies, concept development, and proposal support to give mission concepts the best start possible. If you are ready to bring your ideas to the next level, we welcome you to contact the JPL Innovation Foundry.
JPL's unique approach for maturing advanced study mission concepts, performed by the architecture-team (A-Team), combines innovative collaborative methods with subject matter expertise and analysis tools.
Each mission concept study is uniquely staffed to match the topic and scope including subject matter experts, scientists, technologists, flight and instrument systems engineers, and program managers as needed.
Advanced analysis and collaborative engineering tools are also used to obtain greater insight into each concept’s strengths.
Team X uses concurrent engineering for rapid design and analysis of space mission concepts. These advanced design teams are composed of a diverse group of specialists working in real time, in the same place, with shared data, to yield an integrated point design.
Depending on the maturity of the customer's concept, Team X offers different capabilities and products including instrument design, technology assessments, institutional cost estimates, Red Team Reviews, and much more.
The JPL Innovation Foundry provides each PI with institutional support to develop their own unique, high quality proposal. This support includes team formulation, tools, templates, facilities, information systems, on-line resources, training, and access to lessons learned and best practices.
The Foundry handles proposal types ranging from small research & analysis and technology development proposals, to large mission and instrument proposals.