Status Report

NASA JSC Solicitation: Recovery Act – Commercial Crew Development

By SpaceRef Editor
August 5, 2009
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NASA JSC Solicitation: Recovery Act – Commercial Crew Development

Synopsis – Aug 04, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: JSC-CCDev-1
Posted Date: Aug 04, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 04, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: Yes
Original Response Date: Aug 12, 2009
Current Response Date: Aug 12, 2009
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

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


The following information is preliminary and subject to change.

NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is applying Recovery Act funds to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities. These efforts are intended to foster entrepreneurial activity leading to job growth in engineering, analysis, design, and research, and to economic growth as capabilities for new markets are created. By developing commercial crew service providers, NASA may be able to reduce the gap in U.S. human spaceflight capability. All ARRA funded activities must comply with its provisions and will conclude no later than September 30, 2010.

The program intends to solicit proposals from all interested U.S. industry participants to mature the design and development of commercial crew spaceflight concepts and associated enabling technologies and capabilities. NASA plans to use its Space Act authority to invest up to $50 million dollars in multiple competitively awarded, funded agreements. This activity is referred to as Commercial Crew Development, or CCDev.

An Announcement soliciting proposals for Space Act Agreements (SAAs) is currently planned to be released on or about August 10, 2009, with proposals due approximately 45 days later. The award of SAAs is planned for November 2009.

NASA does not intend to issue a draft of the Announcement but does plan to conduct a pre-proposal conference at JSC on August 13th , at the Gilruth Center’s Ball Room, at 10:00 am, to discuss the solicitation and answer questions.

NASA will only consider proposals from U.S. commercial providers as defined by the Commercial Space Act of 1998.

The Commercial Crew and Cargo program also manages NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) partnership agreements with U.S. industry to help develop safe, reliable and cost-effective systems to carry cargo and eventually crew to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Additional background information on NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program and COTS may be found at: .

Please notify the point of contact listed in this synopsis of your interest in this potential competition by August 12, 2009. Your non-binding letter of intent should include the company name, point of contact, address, phone number, e-mail, and nature of interest as either a primary participant or team member. Potential respondents are responsible for monitoring the Internet site for the release of the Announcement and for downloading their own copy of the Announcement and amendments. A web site has been established for this Space Act Agreement competition: .

An Ombudsman has been appointed – See NASA Specific Note “B”.

The Announcement soliciting proposals and any related documents 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/JSC Business Opportunities page is: .

This is not a solicitation for proposals and NASA does not intend to respond to questions about this synopsis at this time. Further information will be provided as amendments to this synopsis.

Point of Contact

Name: K. Lee Pagel
Title: Agreements Officer
Phone: 281-483-3945
Fax: 281-483-5970

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