Latest update: 9/4/14 - through Amendment 18.
Step-1 Proposal due date: 7/28/14
Step-2 Proposal due date: 9/26/14
Data Availability date: 8/27/2014</b></ul>
The Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientists Program (CDAPS) is described in Appendix C.10 of the ROSES 2014 NRA. The full document can be accessed under Solicitations at the NSPIRES web site.
The specific data restrictions given for the 2014 CDAPS are:
Proposals should be focused on the Saturn system and make significant use of (or greatly enhance the use of) data returned by Cassini instruments. Additionally, data from the Cassini Jupiter flyby in 2000 is eligible. Proposals to work with Cassini data and also use ground-based or other data are acceptable, provided that the success of the proposal, as written, is dependent upon the Cassini data.
In order to be considered, data analysis proposals must use data that are in the public domain 30 days before the CDAPS Step-2 proposal due date, and they must make clear to the peer reviewers that the data are publicly available. Proposals that do not comply with this rule may be declared noncompliant and declined without evaluation. It is understood, however, that once the grant is awarded, succeeding years of work may address data that have subsequently come into the archive.
Whether from the PDS or another source, if the data to be analyzed is not certified or otherwise has issues that might represent an obstacle to analysis, the proposers must clearly demonstrate that such potential difficulties can be overcome.
Volumes at the Ring-Moon Systems Node which meet the CDAPS basic eligibility requirements for publicly available timing (based on the Step 2 Proposal due date)and PDS certification are listed below.
OPUS, our Outer Planets Unified Search tool, allows users to search for and obtain subsets of data based on a wide range of constraints. OPUS supports Saturn system data obtained by Cassini CIRS prior to July 2010, and all Saturn system observations currently available in PDS obtained by Cassini ISS, UVIS and VIMS, as well as data sets obtained by other missions including Voyager. Search results include preview images for all observations.
For Cassini ISS, UVIS, and VIMS, the OPUS search parameters are based on enhanced geometric metadata generated at the rings node and include constraints relating to the surfaces of the planet and satellites as well as to the rings.
Our Cassini information pages provide:
SPICE data and software may be obtained from the NAIF web site.SPICE data files contain spacecraft and solar system geometry data necessary to interpret scientific observations from space-based instruments. The SPICE system also includes a large suite of software, mostly in the form of subroutines, that users incorporate in their own application programs to read SPICE files and to compute derived observation geometry, such as altitude, latitude/longitude, and lighting angles.
Proposed data products for delivery to the PDS should be clearly described, and the proposer should consult with the manager of the appropriate PDS data node to insure that they will be PDS compliant and constructed as efficiently as possible.