Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Mars Exploration Supersonic Parachute System Concept Study

By SpaceRef Editor
April 13, 2005
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NASA Presolicitation Notice: Mars Exploration Supersonic Parachute System Concept Study

General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: Mars-Parachute-LCT
Posted Date: Apr 12, 2005
Original Response Date: Apr 27, 2005
Current Response Date: Apr 27, 2005
Original Archive Date: Apr 12, 2006
Current Archive Date: Apr 12, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA/LaRC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a requirement to study system concepts for developing an advanced supersonic parachute system for future Mars landers.

NASA envisions this parachute development program to include design and development studies, sub-scale development tests, and full-scale development and qualification tests of the new parachute system.

The Government is intending to release a solicitation for conducting a parachute system concept study to evaluate parachute system design and development options.  

The system concept study is expected to include elements such as:

a)   Parachute system preliminary design including canopy configurations, reefing methods, materials, packaging, and parachute deployment systems.

b)   Parachute system analysis and modeling including entry trajectory simulations, parachute aerodynamics and aeroheating, porosity effects, multi-body dynamics, aeroelasticity, and fluid-structures interaction.

c)   Recommendations for development testing and qualification testing of parachute systems for Mars entry and descent environments including wind tunnel tests, drop tests, and flight tests. 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 1,500 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 1, 2005 with an anticipated offer due date of on or about June 30, 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/LaRC 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 or technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail or fax).

Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Lionel E Nadeau, Contract Specialist, Phone (757) 864-2434, Fax (757) 864-8863, Email – C. Tom Weih, Contract Specialist, Phone (757) 864-3878, Fax (757) 864-8863, Email

Email your questions to Lionel E Nadeau at

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