Awards Turbine Pump Assembly To Hamilton Sundstrand
The plan for NASA's next generation
space vehicle is starting to come together. On Friday, the space
agency issued a request for proposal for the Ares I launch vehicle
upper stage element. Ares I is the launch vehicle that will
transport the Orion crew exploration vehicle and its crew and cargo
to low Earth orbit.
The upper stage proposals are due to Marshall Space Flight
Center no later than 1 p.m. CST April 13, 2007.
The request for proposal states the procurement approach for
obtaining the upper stage element. The selected contractor will
produce the required Ares I upper stage and provide support to a
NASA-led design team during the design phase.
The contract will provide for the manufacture and assembly of
test articles, flight test units, and the operational upper stage
elements to support NASA's flight manifest through 2016. Final
manufacturing and assembly will take place at NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility in Louisiana.
The Ares I upper stage, with a separately procured upper stage
engine and a separately procured instrument ring, will provide the
navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the
second stage of the Ares I ascent.
The first stage will consist of a single reusable solid rocket
booster and motor similar to those used on the space shuttle but
with a fifth motor segment attached.
The contract to manufacture and assemble the Ares I upper stage
element will be awarded through a full and open competition and
managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
A selection will be made in August 2007.
NASA also announced Friday it selected Hamilton Sundstrand Space
Systems International Inc. of Rockford, IL to design, develop,
fabricate, test and deliver engineering models of a turbine pump
assembly for the Ares I upper stage thrust vector control
That two year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is worth
approximately $5 million.