Status Report

JPL Variable Tilt Terrain Platform for the Mars Science Laboratory

By SpaceRef Editor
January 21, 2005
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JPL Variable Tilt Terrain Platform for the Mars Science Laboratory

General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
Solicitation Number: JC-05-01
Posted Date: Jan 20, 2005
Original Response Date: Feb 14, 2005
Current Response Date: Feb 14, 2005
Original Archive Date: Jan 20, 2006
Current Archive Date: Jan 20, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Naics Code: 336414 — Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA Management Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109


The California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Caltech/JPL), operating under a prime contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), seek responses to an electronic Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Variable Tilt Terrain Platform (VTTP) for the Mars Science Laboratory Touchdown Dynamics Testbed. JPL, located in Pasadena, California, will launch a rover to Mars in 2009. The rover is expected to arrive in 2010 and will be delivered to the Mars surface using a new Entry, Descent and Landing System. The rover will use a rocket powered descent stage to lower the rover safely to the surface directly onto its wheels. The VTTP to be procured will provide the terrain conditions for testing the rover’s new landing technique. The VTTP is needed to quickly and accurately vary the terrain characteristics that the test system will encounter during the touchdown event. A competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for this effort was posted electronically to JPL’s web site on January 19, 2005.    

The RFP, related documents and attachments (e.g., specimen contract, exhibits, etc.) can be access at:              

RESPONSES DUE: Responses to the RFP are due no later than February 14, 2005. JPL POINT OF CONTACT: Please address any questions directly to Jean Cheng, Subcontracts Manager at (818) 354-6405 or via email:

Point of Contact

Mary Helen Ruiz, JPL Business Opportunities Office, Phone (818) 354-7532, Fax (818) 393-1746, Email

Email your questions to Mary Helen Ruiz at

Additional Information

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