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NASA Sources Sought Notice: Revolutionary System Concepts for Aeronautic (RSCA) Program Update

By SpaceRef Editor
June 1, 2005
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NASA Sources Sought Notice: Revolutionary System Concepts for Aeronautic (RSCA) Program Update plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP

Modification 01 – Posted on May 31, 2005

General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
Solicitation Number: NNL050RSCA1L
Posted Date: Apr 29, 2005
Original Response Date: Jun 03, 2005
Current Response Date: Jun 15, 2005
Original Archive Date: May 31, 2006
Current Archive Date: May 31, 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


This notice is issued by the NASA/LaRC as a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit responses from interested parties. This notice, which is for information and planning purposes only, allows industry the opportunity to provide feedback on their ideas for revolutionary system concepts for aeronautics and their capabilities to analytically assess the potential benefits of these concepts. This document will also verify reasonableness and feasibility of future program requirements and promote competition. Prospective offerors are invited to submit written comments or questions via electronic transmission (i.e. e-mail) to: Liliana J. Richwine at, no later than June 30, 2005. When responding reference NNL050RSCA1L.

This RFI is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Respondents will not be notified of the results of any government assessments. No awards will be issued as a result of this RFI. However, the information received through this RFI will be utilized to assist in formulating future requirements and an   implementation strategy for the RSCA Program. A part of that strategy may include competitive procurements. Background: The Revolutionary System Concepts for Aeronautics (RSCA) Program is sponsored by the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The RSCA Program supports annual system studies that examine revolutionary system concepts and missions for research areas related to NASA?s strategic objectives for aeronautics. The RSCA Program goals are to formulate revolutionary/alternative missions, to develop associated aeronautics system architectures/concepts and to provide related technology requirements that will enable these missions/concepts to be implemented. Revolutionary/alternative missions and system concepts are needed to help guide NASA?s technology investment strategies beyond current program planning horizons. The RSCA Program focus is on system concepts that could potentially operate in the 2025 to 2035 timeframe.  

Research Areas: Each of the following Research Areas contains a general description of NASA?s requirements for revolutionary aeronautics system concepts for that area. White papers that describe system concepts for one or more of these areas are solicited along with the offeror?s capabilities to analytically assess the potential benefits of these concepts. NASA is interested in revolutionary system concepts that have not previously been studied and which could potentially operate in the 2025 to 2035 timeframe. Technical questions or comments may be directed to or at phone number 757-864-1916.

1. National Air Transportation System Areas of Interest – Revolutionary/alternative system architectural concepts that could accommodate significant increases in air transportation system capacity without compromising safety and security are solicited. These concepts could include alternatives to the hub and spoke system, innovative schemes for air traffic management or revolutionary aircraft concepts that could change the current paradigm of how people and cargo are transported. Also, revolutionary/alternative system concepts that could provide enhanced security for the National Air Transportation System without adversely impacting capacity are solicited.

2. Aircraft Environmental Areas of Interest – Revolutionary/alternative aircraft concepts that offer dramatic reductions in noise and emissions are solicited. Both subsonic and supersonic transport-type aircraft that employ alternative fuels and revolutionary propulsion systems are of interest. These aircraft would utilize revolutionary airframe and propulsion systems and operational procedures to achieve dramatic reductions in noise and emissions while maintaining efficient cruise performance.    

3. Unmanned Airborne Vehicles – Revolutionary/alternative airborne vehicle concepts with the capability to operate independently and for very long duration are solicited. These vehicles could serve as platforms for instrument packages related to science, communications, and surveillance, and could also support missions of interest for homeland security. In addition, revolutionary, unmanned flyer concepts for use as science platforms in the atmospheres of other planets and moons are solicited.

RFI Requirements and Preparation of White Papers: Interested parties wishing to provide information on a revolutionary system concept for aeronautics, should submit a white paper of no more than five pages that is related to a particular topic in one of the research areas listed above. A separate white paper is requested for each system concept submitted. Each white paper should describe the revolutionary/alternative system concept, the particular mission that would be addressed, and the systems study approach that would be used to assess the potential benefits of the proposed concept. A current technology or reference system that would provide a basis for comparison should also be described. The proposed concepts should be complete systems and not subsystems or individual technologies. However, identification of the critical, enabling technologies should be a product of the studies. Interested parties should also provide information on their capabilities and experience in developing analytical models and conducting system studies for similar concepts. Any previous studies or other work related to the proposed concept should be identified even if performed by other companies or individuals. However, for this RFI, NASA, is primarily interested in new/revolutionary system concepts that have not been previously studied.

White papers that describe new design and analyses methods or methods development activities are not being solicited. Responses must also include the following: name and address of firm, size of business using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code of 541710 with a size standard of 500 employees; average annual revenue for the past 3 years and number of employees; ownership; whether large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran, Service Disabled Veteran, and/or Women Owned; number of years in business; list of customers covering the past three years. (Highlight relevant work performed). The company information is not included in the five-page limit for the white papers.   Three paper copies and one electronic copy (via CD) of each white paper and the company information (one paper copy) shall be sent to the following, no later than June 30th, 2005: Liliana J. Richwine – Address: NASA/LaRC, Mail Stop 126, Building: 1195B, Room 235, Hampton, VA 23681-2199, phone: (757) 864-2478, fax: (757) 864-7709, E-Mail:

All information, obtained as a result of this RFI, is intended to be used by the Government for program planning and acquisition strategy development. Providing data/information that is limited or restricted for use by the Government for that purpose would be of very little value and such restricted/limited data/information is not solicited. Government personnel from the relevant NASA Centers and/or other Government agencies may review the white papers. Personnel from Swales Aerospace (under LaRC contract number NAS1-00135) may also be involved in reviewing the white papers. As such, to the extent that any information submitted in response to this RFI is marked as or construed to be proprietary or business-sensitive, submitters are hereby notified (a) about the potentiality that such information may be disclosed to Swales Aerospace and (b) that submission of information in response to this RFI constitutes consent to such handling and disclosure of submitted information. However, as stated previously, the Government is not soliciting proprietary information.  

This RFI is being used to obtain information for planning purposes only and the Government does not presently intend to award a contract at this time. As stipulated in FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet cite for the release of any synopsis or solicitation and amendments, if any. An ombudsman has been appointed — See NASA Specific Note “B”. The Government reserves the right to consider a small business or 8(a) set-aside based on responses hereto. 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   It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet cite 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.

Point of Contact

Liliana J Richwine, Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2478, Fax (757) 864-7709, Email

Email your questions to Liliana J Richwine at

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