Status Report

NASA JSC: Planetary Entry Decent and Landing System Architecture Concepts

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2014
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Synopsis – Jan 10, 2014

Statement of Interest Form – Posted on Jan 10, 2014 

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNJ14ZBH012L

    Posted Date: Jan 10, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 10, 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: 334511

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 parties interested in co-developing technology associated with planetary entry, descent, and landing (EDL) system architectures applicable or extensible to human Mars missions.

Advancing these technologies will be of benefit to any entity that desires an entry, descent and landing capability.


The technologies sought could be applicable to any facet of the EDL scenario, such as aero capture, atmospheric entry, supersonic/subsonic deceleration, or terminal landing. The technologies should contribute to enabling a high mass planetary landing mission by providing attributes of low mass, constrained volume for launch vehicle compatibility, reduced entry heating, low sensitivity to dispersions and system failures, and/or pinpoint landing. Evidence of the applicability and benefit to an overall feasible architecture for EDL is required. Viable methodologies for test and validation of the technology should be considered. Comparative evaluations with current or alternate EDL architecture concepts for effectiveness in reducing mission risks are also desirable.

R&D Status:

The current planetary EDL systems for robotic exploration missions typically involve a system of rigid circular aero shell entry vehicles, parachutes, propulsive deceleration, and/or airbags. However, these systems lose effectiveness or feasibility when scaled to the size required for human missions or extremely large payloads. As an example, the Mars Science Laboratory successfully placed approximately 1 metric ton of payload on the surface of Mars, whereas a human Mars mission would likely require a landed payload mass of 40 metric tons or possibly greater.

Intellectual Property (IP):

* Automated, Real-Time Targeting and Guidance (ARTGUID) Software for Lunar-Descent and Precision Landing

* Autonomous Precision Landing Navigation (APLNav) System

* Orion Guidance, Navigation, and Control Flight Software Detailed information for the above mentioned technologies furnished upon request.

This co-development project 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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