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Asteroid Initiative Request for Information
June 21, 2013


Update: Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2013

After receiving more than 400 responses to the Asteroid Initiative RFI, NASA continues to review the submissions received from industry, scientists, engineers, and space enthusiasts worldwide.

As a follow up to the RFI, we will invite many of the RFI submitters to share and discuss their ideas with the broader Asteroid Initiative community during an idea synthesis workshop next month. The workshop will have a virtual attendance capability for the public to participate.

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Icon for Google+ June 27 Google+ Hangout :

NASA invited all interested parties to participate in a Google+ Hangout on June 27 at 2 p.m. EDT. During the session, NASA experts answered questions about the recently released Asteroid Initiative Request for Information (RFI) outlined below.

The RFI is open to all organizations and individuals, and submissions are due July 18. Please send your RFI-related questions to hq-asteroid-rfi@mail.nasa.gov.



NASA has released a Request for Information (RFI) on system concepts and innovative approaches for both aspects of the recently announced Asteroid Initiative. The initiative includes an Asteroid Redirect Mission, and an increased focus on defending our planet against the threat of catastrophic asteroid collisions.

Solicitation Number: NNH13ZCQ001L
Reference Number: N/A
NAIS Posted Date: June 18, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: June 18, 2013
Response Date:July 18, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action? No
Classification Code: A - Research and Development
NAICS Code: 336414 - Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
Set-Aside Code:N/A

› Download the RFI from FedBizOpps


Technical References

The following references are offered to potential RFI respondents as background information related to NASA's Asteroid Initiative.

› Keck Institute Asteroid Return Mission Study
› NASA Near Earth Objects Observation Program
› National Research Council 2010 Report, "Defending Planet Earth"
› Asteroid Redirect Mission Reference Concept Description (1.2 MB PDF)
› Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission Reference Concept Fact Sheet (3.9 MB PDF)
› Asteroid Redirect Mission Overview, Presented 19 June 2013 to the Technical Panel of the National Research Council Committee for Study on Human Spaceflight (3MB PDF)

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