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A--IN-SPACE CRYOGENIC PROPELLANT STORAGE AND TRANSFER DEMONSTRATION MISSIONCONCEPT STUDIES

Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCH001K
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office: Glenn Research Center
Location: Office of Procurement
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Presolicitation
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Added: Apr 06, 2011 4:06 pm
NASA GRC intends to issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for In-Space CryogenicPropellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration Mission Concept Studies. The BAA will beavailable on April 22, 2011, by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage athttp://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and then linking through the menu listings Solicitationsto Open Solicitations. Study elements will include mission justification; technology identification andmaturation; mission concept of operations; launch vehicle considerations; integratedflight system conceptual design; mission cost estimate; project schedule; concepts forgovernment and industry partnerships; and project risk identification. NASA will use theresults from these studies for project planning and implementation. NASA is examiningpotential mission concepts for an In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and TransferDemonstration. The flight demonstration mission will test and validate key capabilitiesand technologies required for future exploration elements such as large cryogenicpropulsion stages and propellant depots. The mission cost target is approximately $200M. Higher cost options may be proposed if there is a substantial increase in benefit, butthe mission cost shall not exceed $300M. Also, lower cost options may be proposed ifthere is substantial decrease in mission cost with modest decrease in benefits. NASAanticipates awarding firm-fixed-priced contracts for these studies. The duration of thecontracts will be 135 days. Proposals shall be submitted electronically, and all proposers shall use NASAs proposaldata system, NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com). In addition, the electronic proposalsmust be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Participationis open to all non-government U.S. institutions including educational institutions,industry, and nonprofit organizations. Every organization that intends to submit aproposal in response to this BAA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registrationmust identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit theelectronic proposal. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to accessthe electronic proposal system well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarizethemselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Specific proposalsubmission deadline dates, evaluation criteria, and submission information will beidentified in the BAA. Proposals will be due on May 23, 2011. To assist the planning of the proposal evaluation process, NASA encourages the submissionof a Notice of Intent (NOI) to propose by all prospective proposers. The NOI is must besubmitted by April 29, 2011. Awards based on this solicitation are contingent on availability of appropriated funds.
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NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135
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Timothy C. Pierce, Contracting Officer, Phone 216-433-2147, Fax 216-433-5489, Email Timothy.C.Pierce@nasa.gov

Timothy C. Pierce