As a continuation of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) initiatives begun in 2009 to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities, NASA intends to extend efforts to foster activity leading to the development of commercial crew transportation systems. Through this activity, NASA may be able to spur economic growth as capabilities for new space markets are created and reduce the gap in U.S. human spaceflight capability.
NASA intends to solicit proposals from all interested U.S. industry participants to further advance commercial crew space transportation system concepts and mature the design and development of elements of the system such as launch vehicles and spacecraft. NASA plans to use its ”other transactions” authority within the National Aeronautics and Space Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2451 et seq, to invest in multiple, competitively awarded, funded agreements. The funding available for awards will depend on the fiscal year 2011 appropriations; however, an anticipated funding level is expected to be provided in the Announcement. The agreements are expected to result in significant maturation of commercial crew systems with consideration given to NASA’s draft human certification requirements and standards or industry equivalent to those requirements and standards. This activity is referred to as Commercial Crew Development Round 2, or CCDev 2.
An Announcement soliciting proposals for Space Act Agreements (SAAs) is currently planned to be released on or about October 25, 2010, with proposals due approximately 45 days later. The award of multiple SAAs is planned for March 2011 with terms of 12-14 months.
NASA does not intend to issue a draft of the Announcement but does plan to conduct a pre-proposal conference within two weeks after release of the Announcement to discuss the CCDev 2 activity and answer questions.
NASA will only consider proposals from U.S. commercial providers as defined by the Commercial Space Act of 1998.
Please notify the point of contact listed in this synopsis of your interest in this potential competition by October 18, 2010. Your non-binding letter of intent should include the company name, point of contact, address, phone number, e-mail, and nature of interest as either a primary participant or team member. Potential respondents are responsible for monitoring the Internet site for the release of the Announcement and for downloading their own copy of the Announcement and amendments.
The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/HQ Business Opportunities page is http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=04#144064
An Ombudsman has been appointed – See NASA Specific Note “B”.
This is not a solicitation for proposals and NASA does not intend to respond to questions about this synopsis at this time. As necessary, further information will be provided as amendments to this synopsis.