Status Report

Crew Exploration Vehicle Request for Proposal Statement of Work

By SpaceRef Editor
December 9, 2004
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Crew Exploration Vehicle Request for Proposal Statement of Work

Draft Statement of Work and Data Requirements 01 – Posted on Dec 09, 2004

Executive Summary

The draft Statement of Work (SOW) for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) system summarizes the work required for the first phase of the CEV acquisition. The SOW requires the contractor to design and develop the CEV system culminating in completion of a Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The CEV system design is required to meet as a threshold, the CEV Spiral 1 and 2 requirements, with the objective to meet the CEV Spiral 3 requirements. The SOW includes a parallel risk reduction effort culminating in a 2008 flight demonstration.

A down select milestone in 2008 will single out one prime Contractor for the remaining effort to complete vehicle design, certification, production and operations activities.

The content of this SOW includes the following:

Section 1, Program Management, covers program management, costs, and review milestone expectations by the Contractor. It establishes the associate products expected from the Contractor during this phase of the contract, as well as contractor relationships the prime CEV Contractor is expected to support.

Section 2, Systems Engineering and Integration, describes the system engineering and integration effort required of the Contractor. It establishes those products to be developed under Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I), as well as the standards to be applied across all vehicle subsystems and ground systems, including the hardware and software standards to be applied to these efforts. This section also includes:

  • Support of a Constellation SE&I contractor led effort to allocate CEV system requirements from the System of Systems requirements, including the definition of external interfaces.
  • Support of associate contractor efforts for other Constellation systems to establish designs meeting those external interfaces.
  • Allocation of requirements from the system level to the subsystem levels, as defined in Section 5, Spacecraft.
  • A requirement for a Master Verification Plan (MVP), covering all certification and acceptance testing required for flight, ground, and facility systems. The MVP will be the roadmap of all required activities, with the majority of the effort covered in Section 5, Spacecraft, and section 7, Ground Systems.

Section 3, Safety and Mission Assurance, covers safety and mission assurance, product development, and support of requirements allocation, design, and certification activities covered in Sections 2, 5, 6, and 7.

Section 4, 2008 Flight Demonstration, covers the effort required by the Contractor to plan and execute at least one flight test.

Section 5, Spacecraft, includes the preliminary design and development of vehicle subsystems, vehicle integration and assembly plans, and certification plans. Allocation of system functions to subsystem functions will be included in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), which will be required as part of the Contractor’s proposal.

Section 6, Operations, and Section 7, Ground Systems, provide for the development of operations and ground systems required for vehicle pre-flight processing, flight operations, and crew and ground personnel training.

NASA Special Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle

Draft Statement of Work and Data Requirements 01 – Posted on Dec 09, 2004

General Information

Document Type: Special Notice

Solicitation Number: NASA-SNOTE-041209-002

Posted Date: Dec 09, 2004

Original Response Date:

Current Response Date:

Original Archive Date: Dec 09, 2005

Current Archive Date: Dec 09, 2005

Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771

Description NASA/Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for design, development, test and evaluation of a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).      

Attached to this synopsis are the draft Statement of Work and the draft Data Requirements Documents list for this contract.    

The efforts described in this SOW occur prior to NASA down-selection in 2008.    

These documents are available for review by potential bidders.    

While comments are welcome for any aspect of the draft documents, NASA will not reply to comments at this time.      

Of particular interest to NASA are comments concerning the entrance and exit criteria for program milestones, and comments concerning the Work Breakdown Structure utilized in developing the SOW.    

Comments on any element of this notice may be submitted via the Exploration Systems Acquisition Portal web site, available at:


No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offerors’ responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or other documents relating to this procurement.    

This notice is for information purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for any information solicited.      

Respondents will not be notified about the outcome of the Government’s review of any solicited information.    

Failure to respond to this synopsis does not mean that a firm cannot respond to a solicitation at a later date.    

All interested parties are encouraged to register for Email Notification for automatic notification when any announcements about this procurement are posted. Go to, to sign up for automatic notification when any documents regarding this procurement are posted.    

Documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/HQ Business Opportunities home page is    

Offerors are responsible for monitoring this site for the release of the solicitation and any amendments.    

Potential offerors are responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any).      

A link to briefing charts and further details on current and upcoming Exploration Systems Mission Directorate acquisition activities is available at the web site identified above.

Point of Contact

K Lee Pagel, Contracting Officer, Phone (202) 479-6927, Fax (202) 479-6921, Email

Email your questions to K Lee Pagel at

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