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NextSTEP A: Habitation Systems

Solicitation Number: NNH16ZCQ001K

​March 21, 2016 – Synopsis issued
April 19, 2016 – BAA and Appendix A Issued | News Release
August 09, 2016 – NextSTEP-2 Selections News Release
May 30, 2019 – Synopsis updated

Concept image of a cislunar habitat with an astronaut spacewalking outside.
Concept image showing an astronaut spacewalk outside a habitation structure near the Moon.

The first appendix under NextSTEP-2, Appendix A, was issued on April 19, 2016, with a focus on developing deep space habitation concepts, engineering design and development, and risk reduction efforts leading to a habitation capability in cislunar space. The objective of this solicitation is to identify habitation concepts that can support extensive human spaceflight missions in the Proving Ground (around and beyond cislunar space) while encouraging application to commercial habitation capabilities in low-Earth orbit.

​NextSTEP-2 is an Omnibus BAA that solicits proposals through appendices in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Studies to support mission architecture definition;
  • New approaches to rapidly develop prototype systems;
  • Demonstration of key capabilities;
  • Validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond low-Earth orbit; and
  • End-to-end design, development, test, and in-space evaluation of future flight systems. 

For more information, read the NextSTEP-2 Synopsis on FedBizOps​. 

Learn more about NASA’s NextSTEP public-private partnership model that seeks to stimulate the commercial space industry and help the agency explore deep space for the benefit of all.