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Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-12-07
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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Added: Nov 03, 2011 5:17 pm
The goal of ALASA is to develop a significantly less expensive approach for launching small satellites routinely, with a goal of at least threefold reduction in costs compared to current military and US commercial launch costs. ALASA seeks to develop and employ radical advances in launch systems, to include the development of a complete launch vehicle requiring no recurring maintenance or support, and no specific integration to prepare for launch. The ALASA demonstration system will draw upon emerging technologies to provide increased specific impulse propellants, stable propellant formulations, hybrid propellant systems, potential "infrastructure-free" cryogen production, new motor case materials, new flight controls and mission planning techniques, new nozzle designs, improved thrust vectoring methods, and new throttling approaches.

For a detailed description of this opportunity please see the attached file - DARPA-BAA-12-07 (ALASA).


This announcement represents the FINAL solicitation for the ALASA effort.

Added: Nov 04, 2011 3:52 pm
This Amendment ( No. 1) provides slides presented at the ALASA Industry Day held on 4 November 2011 FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  The BAA is a stand alone document and review of the slides is not required to submit a proposal.  In the event of any discrepancies, the original BAA document takes precedence.  This Amendment also changes the initial round proposal submission deadline from 5:00pm Eastern on December 20, 1011 to 4:00pm Eastern on December 20, 2011. 
Added: Nov 18, 2011 2:25 pm
This amendment (No. 2) provides a consolidated list of Questions and Answers. Refer to the file titled "ALASA Q&As (11-18-11)." The submission deadline for any additional questions is 5:00 pm Eastern on 22 November 2011.
Added: Dec 01, 2011 5:22 pm

This Amendment (No. 3) provides a revised BAA. The previous version, dated 3 November 2011, is replaced in its entirety by this revision. In the revision, the previous Section II E - General Discussion of Other Research in this Area - found on page 19 of the original BAA, has been deleted. Other changes are highlighted in yellow in the document. See the file titled DARPA-BAA-12-07 Revision # 1 (12-1-11).


Additionally, a new list of Questions and Answers is provided. See the file titled DARPA Questions and Answers (12-1-11).


 


 


 

Added: Dec 08, 2011 12:27 pm
Proposers may wish to have NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (Dryden) provide technical support services during Phase 1: Design Risk Reduction (technology and system definition phase) of this procurement. Interested proposers will identify types and quantities of services required which Dryden has the capability to provide. Dryden will provide a letter of commitment to the respective proposer identifying the scope of the request and providing a total price for the requested services. This letter will also indicate that DARPA will reimburse Dryden directly for costs associated with the provided technical support services. Should a proposer chose to use any Dryden services, a Dryden commitment letter should be included in its proposal. Proposers should contact Dryden directly to discuss any specific support services that they may require. Contact info: Mr. Jerry Budd 661-276-3377 gerald.d.budd@nasa.gov

NOTE - USE OF DRYDEN TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES IS NOT REQUIRED TO PROPOSE TO THIS BAA.  THE DECISION TO UTILIZE DRYDEN SERVICES IS TO BE MADE ENTIRELY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PROPOSER.  THE GOVERNMENT NEITHER ENCOURAGES NOR DISCOURAGES THEIR USE. 
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DARPA-BAA-12-07 (ALASA)

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
DARPA-BAA-12-07 (ALASA)
Posted Date:
November 3, 2011
Description: DARPA-BAA-12-07 (ALASA)

Amendment 1

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
November 4, 2011
Description: ALASA Industry Day (TTO Overview)
Description: ALASA Industry Day (ALASA Program Overview)
Description: ALASA Industry Day (BAA Process)

ALASA Q&As (11-18-11)

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
ALASA Q&As (11-18-11)
Posted Date:
November 18, 2011
Description: ALASA Q&As (11-18-11)

ALASA Questions and Answers (12-1-11)

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
ALASA Questions and Answers (12-1-11)
Posted Date:
December 1, 2011
Description: ALASA Questions and Answers (12-1-11)

Amendment 2

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
December 1, 2011
Description: DARPA-BAA-12-07 Revision # 1 (12-1-11)
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