Fri, Jan 30, 2009
RFP Deadline Is February 27
On Wednesday, NASA issued a request for proposals for concept
definition and requirements analysis support for the Altair lunar
lander. Proposals are due to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston
by 2:00 pm CST on February 27.
NASA's Constellation Program will use Altair to land four
astronauts on the moon following launch aboard an Ares V rocket and
rendezvous in low Earth orbit with the Orion crew vehicle. The
lunar lander will provide the astronauts with life support and a
base for weeklong initial surface exploration missions of the moon.
Altair also will return the crew to the Orion spacecraft that will
return them home to Earth.
This contract will provide resources to conduct NASA-directed
engineering tasks in support of evaluating vehicle conceptual
designs, maturing the vehicle design and reviewing the products for
system requirements reviews and system definition reviews. It is
anticipated that multiple awards will be made as a result of this
Johnson will manage the contracts, which will be awarded through
a full and open competition. The selections will be made in the
spring of 2009.
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