Status Report

NASA GRC Solicitation: Liquid Oxygen Liquid Methane Lunar Ascent Main Engine Technology Development

By SpaceRef Editor
October 12, 2007
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NASA GRC Solicitation: Liquid Oxygen Liquid Methane Lunar Ascent Main Engine Technology Development

Synopsis – Oct 12, 2007

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC08ZCH001R
Posted Date: Oct 12, 2007
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 12, 2007
Original Response Date: N/A
Current Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: A — Research and Development

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GRC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP)for the advanced technology development of an expendable, high-performance LOX/LCH4 Main Engine. Technology from this engine design will be considered for application to the Lunar Lander ascent main propulsion system. The engine will perform a nominal ascent from the lunar surface, as well as the capability of managing an abort function during the lunar descent. This engine will be pressure-fed with an inlet pressure of approximately 325 psia and will have fixed vacuum thrust of 6,000 lbf and a vacuum specific impulse equal or greater than 355 seconds. The design should be amiable to scaling +/- 1500 lbf to account for the immaturity of the current lunar lander design. During nominal operations the engine will be capable of performing up to two engine starts with total burn duration of 450 seconds. To meet the abort function, the design of the development engine(s) shall be capable of 90 percent thrust in approximately 500 milliseconds.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 541710 and 1000, respectively.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. Teaming is not prohibited on your response to the RFP.

The anticipated release date of the RFP is early November of 2007, with an anticipated offer due date of appromimately one month after the release of the RFP. The authorization to proceed shall be early April of 2008.

An ombudsman has been appointed — See NASA Specific Note “B”.

The solicitation and any 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/GRC Business Opportunities home page is

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

All contractual technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail or fax). Telephone questions SHALL NOT be accepted.

Point of Contact

Name: Ernest C. Mensurati
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-2727
Fax: 216-433-2480
Email: [email protected]

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