Status Report

NASA JSC Advancing Aluminum Wiring Technology

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2014
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Synopsis – Jan 13, 2014

Statement of Interest Form – Posted on Jan 13, 2014 

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNJ14ZBH026L

    Posted Date: Jan 13, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 13, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 17, 2014

    Current Response Date: Apr 11, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 335911


Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) is seeking parties interested in collaborative development and mature technologies required for NASA’s future missions and to enhance life on Earth. JSC is looking to partner on the development of broadly applicable technologies as a means to accelerate technology development and strengthen commercialization of federally-funded research and development.


NASA JSC seeks to advance the technology readiness of aluminum wiring for aerospace, aircraft and other applications where weight is a factor. Our goal is to reduce the mass of aerospace vehicles by replacing the copper wiring with aluminum wiring. To determine if the aluminum wiring and associated connectors can be used in the space environment, the wiring must be tested and analyzed to create a standard that must be adhered to for aerospace vehicles.


Replacing copper wiring with aluminum wiring involves an end-to-end systems approach including connectors, crimping techniques and all facets of the wiring system. The testing and analysis of an aluminum wiring system must be compatible and consistent with the standard wiring practices now employed by NASA, the DoD and commercial aircraft. The results must be repeatable and reliable. Any usage data or lessons learned from current or previous applications in the aerospace environments would be beneficial.

R&D Status:

Aluminum wiring is currently in use in European spacecraft and airplanes, but NASA has limited access to the data and testing standards. As such, while much of the research and development may have been done, an industry standard does not exist to allow common use throughout the aerospace and aircraft industries.

Intellectual Property (IP):

This Partner relationship may produce new IP that could be jointly owned by NASA and the partner or may become the property of the partner.

This announcement is not to be construed as a Request for Proposal and is not a commitment by the government, nor will the government pay for any information provided. Since this is an Announcement, no evaluation letters or results will be issued to the respondents.

Please submit the attached Statement of Interest Form to Mark Dillard

To view all Co-Development and Partnering Opportunities with the NASA Johnson Space Center please visit our website

Point of Contact

    Name: Mark A. Dillard

    Title: Lead Partnership Development Office Integration

    Phone: 281-244-8460

    Fax: 281-483-4146



    Name: Dana Altmon-Cary

    Title: Contracting Officer

    Phone: 281-483-8228

    Fax: 281-483-4066



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