Interested Companies May Submit Proposals For Lunar
NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP,
regarding Phase I of its Ares V launch vehicle. The rocket will
perform heavy lift and cargo functions as part of the next
generation of spacecraft that will return humans to the moon. Phase
I will define operational concepts, develop requirements, and
refine design concepts for the Ares V.
This document is a draft of the final version of the RFP for
Phase I, expected in January 2009. By responding to this draft RFP,
potential offerors can provide input on the requirements, small
business goals and contract structure.
The industry input received will be combined with NASA's
expertise for potential inclusion in the final version of the RFP
for Phase I, which will ask for bids on five Ares V work
A pre-solicitation conference is scheduled for December 3, 2008,
at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The
conference is designed for information sharing about the Ares V
Phase I for potential offerors.