Lynnette Madison
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Josh Byerly
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Grey Hautaluoma
Headquarters, Washington

Ashley Edwards
Headquarters, Washington
RELEASE : H08-328
NASA Calls for Comment on Draft Altair Request for Proposals
WASHINGTON -- NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to seek industry support for the design of its Altair lunar lander vehicle, part of NASA's Constellation Program. Altair will deliver four astronauts to the moon's surface late in the next decade, fulfilling U.S. space exploration goals.

The Altair Conceptual Design Contract will define operational concepts, support requirements reviews, and refine design concepts for the Altair vehicle. This document is a draft of the final version of the RFP, expected in late January 2009. By responding to this draft RFP, potential offerors can provide input about possible requirements, small business goals and contract structure. The industry input received will be combined with NASA's expertise for potential inclusion in the final RFP.

A pre-solicitation conference is scheduled for Dec. 18 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The conference is designed for information sharing about the Altair conceptual design contract with potential offerors.

For a copy of the draft RFP and more information about the conference, visit:

For more information about the Constellation Program, visit:

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