Status Report

In-space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration Mission Concept Studies

By SpaceRef Editor
April 7, 2011
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Synopsis – Apr 06, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCH001K
Posted Date: Apr 06, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 06, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 23, 2011
Current Response Date: May 23, 2011
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA GRC intends to issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration Mission Concept Studies. The BAA will be available on April 22, 2011, by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at and then linking through the menu listings “Solicitations” to “Open Solicitations.”

Study elements will include mission justification; technology identification and maturation; mission concept of operations; launch vehicle considerations; integrated flight system conceptual design; mission cost estimate; project schedule; concepts for government and industry partnerships; and project risk identification. NASA will use the results from these studies for project planning and implementation. NASA is examining potential mission concepts for an In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration. The flight demonstration mission will test and validate key capabilities and technologies required for future exploration elements such as large cryogenic propulsion stages and propellant depots. The mission cost target is approximately $200M. Higher cost options may be proposed if there is a substantial increase in benefit, but the mission cost shall not exceed $300M. Also, lower cost options may be proposed if there is substantial decrease in mission cost with modest decrease in benefits. NASA anticipates awarding firm-fixed-priced contracts for these studies. The duration of the contracts will be 135 days.

Proposals shall be submitted electronically, and all proposers shall use NASA’s proposal data system, NSPIRES ( ). In addition, the electronic proposals must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Participation is open to all non-government U.S. institutions including educational institutions, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this BAA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Specific proposal submission deadline dates, evaluation criteria, and submission information will be identified in the BAA. Proposals will be due on May 23, 2011. To assist the planning of the proposal evaluation process, NASA encourages the submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) to propose by all prospective proposers. The NOI is must be submitted by April 29, 2011.

Awards based on this solicitation are contingent on availability of appropriated funds.

Point of Contact

Name: Timothy C. Pierce
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-2147
Fax: 216-433-5489

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