Status Report

NASA Request for Comments on Draft Rules for Possible Centennial Challenges Competitions

By SpaceRef Editor
February 7, 2006
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Synopsis – Feb 07, 2006

Proposed Set of Rules for Multiple Competitions – Posted on Feb 07, 2006

General Information
Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: ESMD-CC-0601
Posted Date: Feb 07, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 07, 2006
Original Response Date: Mar 27, 2006
Current Response Date: Mar 27, 2006
Classification Code: R — Professional, administrative, and mgmt support services
NAICS Code: 541611 – Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

Contracting Office Address

NASA – Headquarters, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


This Request for Comments (RFC) is being processed out of the NASA, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).

External organizations and individuals are sought to provide input and comments on the proposed set of rules for multiple competitions (included as appendices to this RFC) including:

– The Fuel Depot Demonstration Challenge – The Human Lunar All Terrain Vehicle Challenge – The Low-Cost Space Pressure Suit Challenge – The Lunar Night Power Source Challenge – The Micro Reentry Vehicle Challenge – The Station-Keeping Solar Sail Challenge

The input and comments received from this RFC will be used by NASA to modify the draft rules of these competitions and validate the proposed parameters and technology goals. Final rules and purse amounts will be determined pending future organizational, programmatic, and budget decisions.

Respondents are requested to respond to as many of the RFC competitions as they wish.

NASA is planning to administer these competitions through one or more third-party organizations that will be responsible for finalizing the rules. Although no organizations have been selected to run any of these competitions, this RFC is being initiated to begin the process of rules development in the interest of time.

This RFC is for information and planning purposes. No procurement is planned as a direct result of this RFC. This is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited.

Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. Parties proposing concepts of interest may be invited to submit more detailed information or to discuss their concepts further.

Information submitted as a direct response to this RFC will not be made publicly available, but may be used, in whole or in part and without credit or reference to the source of the material, in documents that will be made publicly available at a future date.

It should be noted that this is not a request for prize ideas unrelated to the subjects of this RFC. Any unrelated prize ideas should be submitted through the Centennial Challenges web site ( or via email sent to

Technical questions regarding this RFC should be directed to Ken Davidian, 202-358-0748 or

All submissions must be received by March 27, 2006 by 5:00 P.M. EDT to Rhett Herrera at and should include the reference document number ESMD-CC-0601.

Point of Contact

Name: Ken Davidian
Title: Deputy Project Manager for Centennial Challenges
Phone: (202) 358-0748
Fax: (202) 358-2815

Name: Rhett Herrera
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (202) 358-3633
Fax: (202) 358-2815

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