Mission Studies & Proposals

IPAC actively participates in concept studies for the next generation of US and international space observatories, contributing its expertise in data science, mission management, technology development, and scientific exploration. Major flagship-class studies supported by IPAC are the Origins Space Telescope (OST), in preparation for the US 2020 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, and the Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA). IPAC science staff are involved in envisaging and preparing the science case for these concept studies.


Infrared SmallSat for Cluster Evolution Astrophysics

ISCEA (Infrared SmallSat for Cluster Evolution Astrophysics) is a small space mission that will study the evolution of the Universe during the peak of galaxy formation. It was selected by NASA for a mission concept study in September 2018.

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Joint Survey Processing

Joint Survey Processing (JSP) is aimed at enabling science that requires pixel-level combination of data from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, Euclid, and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.

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