Create a Suborbital Flight Project for early entry employees

Provide a cooperative workforce development program for a team of early-entry employees to propose, design, develop, build, and launch a suborbital flight project over the course of 18 months. The purpose of the program is to enable practitioners in the early years of their careers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage future flight projects for NASA.

fedstar Solution:

In collaboration with other organizations, the team developed a proposal for NASA centers to respond to that met two client priorities:

  1. Provide a hands-on training opportunity for a dedicated team of early career employees that results in a flight project that launches 18 months from the start of the project.
  2. Program has science merit that is valuable for our partner organizations and our client as a whole.

FedStar co-authored the evaluation and selection criteria and developed selection team process and procedures. The procedures explain to participating bidders and other interested parties on how the evaluation team will conduct itself during the proposal evaluation. Key activities included developing clear requirements that enabled formal and just-in-time training opportunities, established mentoring and coaching arrangements, ensured that an individual development plan for each team member was included for each bidding team, developed tools to track competency development and established clear rules of engagement for project life cycle reviews.

Services Provided:

  • Project Management
  • Professional Development
  • Federal Acquisition Management Support


For five years running, FedStar has supported NASA's Chief Engineers Office (OCE) and the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in supporting the selection of Project HOPE opportunities. Training teams have been exposed to exciting science missions that have successfully enabled project teams to conceptualize, design, develop and launch projects that have proved to advance knowledge transfer and science merit for the Agency. To date, more than 100 early career hires have participated in Project HOPE, each taking on increased roles and responsibilities and accepting more advanced positions.