Wed, Jan 07, 2009
Phase One RFP Covers Development Requirements
On Monday, January 5, NASA issued a request for proposal for the
Ares V rocket that will perform heavy lift and cargo functions as
part of the next generation of spacecraft that will return humans
to the moon.
The RFP is for Phase I concept definition and requirements
development for the Ares V rocket. Proposals are due to NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL no later than 1:00
pm CST on February 9.
The request for proposal defines the procurement approach for
Phase I of the Ares V acquisition. The contract work will include
developing products to enable NASA to successfully complete the
system requirements review and system definition review, critical
milestones in the development of the rocket. Completion of the
system definition review will verify the design concept and
demonstrate mission objectives can be met.
The solicitation includes five separate work packages available
for bid. Work packages one through four include the payload shroud
that will protect the Altair lunar lander during launch, the Earth
Departure Stage, the core stage, and avionics and software. The
products for these work packages include assessing point of
departure architecture, assessing risks and opportunities, trade
studies and analysis, assessment of NASA requirements and a final
report. The fifth work package includes a first stage concept for
an upgraded solid rocket fueled booster.
Marshall will manage the contracts, which will be awarded
through a full and open competition. The selections will be made in
the spring of 2009. The period of performance for each contract is
18 months with two, one-year options.
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