Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Low Technology Readiness Level Alternative CO2 Control Technology Research

By SpaceRef Editor
May 23, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: NNJ05111890R
Posted Date: May 23, 2005
Original Response Date: Jun 07, 2005
Current Response Date: Jun 07, 2005
Original Archive Date: May 23, 2006
Current Archive Date: May 23, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Alternative CO2 Control Technology Research. Carbon dioxide (CO2) removal systems for Mars represent an especially challenging area of development. Lithium hydroxide canisters have impractical logistics penalties, and regenerable metal oxide canisters weigh too much. Cycling bed systems and permeable membranes that are regenerable in space vacuum cannot vent on Mars due to the high partial pressure of CO2 in the atmosphere. Although sweep gas regeneration is under investigation, the feasibility, logistics penalties, and failure modes associated with this technique have not been proven. The purpose of this task is to research Low TRL, alternative CO2 removal technologies, specifically for reducing on back weight and resupply penalties for a Mars mission. Some examples are laser CO2 decomposition, zirconia cell CO2 recycling, and cryogenic freeze out with a liquid oxygen-based system. Design concepts shall be generated based on an assessment of competing technology options, and feasibility or proof-of-concept experimentation will be conducted. 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 500 employees, respectively.  

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. The anticipated release date of the RFP is on or about June 15, 2005 with an anticipated offer due date of on or about July 13, 2005. 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/JSC Business Opportunities home page is   Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. 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 by e-mail. Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Tiffany Meadows, Contract Specialist, Phone (281) 483-8228, Fax (281) 244-5337, Email – Robert G Kolb, Contracting Officer, Phone (281) 244-8548, Fax (281) 244-5337, Email

Email your questions to Tiffany Meadows at

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