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NASA GRC Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle Propulsion Advanced Development

Status Report From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2005

Revision to the General Synopsis

Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Propulsion Advanced Development

NASA/GRC plans to issue 4 Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for items/services related to the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Propulsion Advanced Development. Each of the draft RFPs will be posted individually on or about October 5, 2005. Target release dates for the final RFPs are included in the descriptions below.

The purpose of this combined/general synopsis is to provide for the earliest notice of these schedule-driven procurements.

GRC anticipates an Industry Briefing, addressing these procurements, to be held in the Cleveland, Ohio area on October 12, 2005. A separate announcement detailing this event is being posted concurrently with this announcement update.

The planned RFPs are as follows:

1: Low-g Mass Gauge

Develop (design, fabricate, test) a method for quantifying liquid oxygen and liquid methane mass for a propellant tank in a microgravity environment, with an emphasis on methods that do not require propellant settling. Expectations are that critical elements of the sensor will be demonstrated in a flight-like configuration in an integrated system test. The anticipated value of this procurement is $1.5M - $1.8M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT001J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT001R is October 27, 2005.

Technical Point of Contact: Robin Flachbart, Mail Code: ER23, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812, (256) 544-6052, robin.h.flachbart@nasa.gov

2: Feed Subsystem Isolation Valve

Development of a prototype cryogenic propellant isolation valve that provides approximately 36 lbm/sec of liquid oxygen at approximately 15 psid (or 12 lbm/sec liquid methane) for long duration in-space operation. This valve should be hermetically sealed, operate on 28 VDC, provide liquid lock back relief, and operate at approximately 500 psia MAWP. The valve should be able to operate in vacuum with insulation on the valve and motor (motor at cryogenic temperatures), and minimize heat leak into the valve from the mounting fixture. The anticipated value of this procurement is $1.2M - $3M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT002J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT002R is October 27, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Kris Romig, Mail Code: EP4, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 483-1128, kris.a.romig@nasa.gov

3: Main Engine (anticipate 2 awards)

NASA is seeking the advanced development of an expendable, high-performance liquid oxygen/liquid methane Main Engine that could be used by the CEV Service Module to perform the orbit-change and deorbit burn(s) to/from the International Space Station and Trans-Earth Injection burn(s) from Lunar Orbit. The main engine will be pressure-fed with an inlet pressure of approximately 300 psi and will have fixed thrust within the range of 5000 to 15000 lbf (vacuum) with multiple restart capability. The anticipated value of this procurement is $11.9M - $14M per award. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT003J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT003R is November 3, 2005.

Technical Point of Contact: Charles Pierce, Mail Code: ER23, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812, (256) 544-6366, charles.w.pierce@nasa.gov

4: 100-lbf Reaction Control System (RCS) Engine (anticipate 2 awards)

NASA is seeking the design, development, and test of battleship and flight-weight (bolt on chambers are acceptable) prototype liquid oxygen and liquid methane RCS engine at a fixed thrust of approximately 100 lbf. The engine should nominally operate on sub-cooled liquid propellants (nominal is approximately 185 Rankine) at an inlet pressure of approximately 325 psia. This engine should be designed to have a low average heat soak back rate (over a mission duty cycle of 0.1 percent) from the injector to the valve of less than 0.5 btu/hr. The engine should tolerate less than 1 cubic inches of gas ingestion. The engine vendor should provide liquid oxygen/liquid methane vacuum ignition range, injector design, direct acting valve design and chamber cooling data to NASA by September 2006 using battleship hardware. The engine vendor should design, build and hot fire test a flight weight engine to obtain performance data, including vacuum thrust, by March 2007. The anticipated value of this procurement is $3.2M - $3.8M per award. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT004J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT004R is October 27, 2005.

Technical Point of Contact: Tara Angstadt, NASA Johnson Space Center, Code EP4, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 244-5751, tara.s.angstadt@nasa.gov

The following procurements are being postponed and will no longer be addressed as part of this activity.

5: Flight-Weight Exciter

6: Gaseous Helium (GHe) Tank

7: Pressure Control System A

8: Pressure Control System B


Synopsis - Sep 22, 2005

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNC06ZPT000J
Posted Date: Sep 22, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 22, 2005
Original Response Date: Oct 12, 2005
Current Response Date: Oct 12, 2005
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135

Description

Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Propulsion Advanced Development

NASA/GRC plans to issue 8 Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for items/services related to the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Propulsion Advanced Development. Each of the draft RFPs will be posted individually on or about October 5, 2005. Target release dates for the final RFPs are included in the descriptions below.

The purpose of this combined/general synopsis is to provide for the earliest notice of these schedule-driven procurements.

GRC anticipates an Industry Briefing, addressing these procurements, to be held in the Cleveland, Ohio area on or about October 12, 2005. A separate announcement detailing this event is forthcoming.

The planned RFPs are as follows:

1: Low-g Mass Gauge Develop (design, fabricate, test) a method for quantifying liquid oxygen and liquid methane mass for a propellant tank in a microgravity environment, with an emphasis on methods that do not require propellant settling. Expectations are that critical elements of the sensor will be demonstrated in a flight-like configuration in an integrated system test. The anticipated value of this procurement is $1.5M - $1.8M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT001J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT001R is October 27, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Robin Flachbart, Mail Code: ER23, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812, (256) 544-6052, robin.h.flachbart@nasa.gov

2: Feed Subsystem Isolation Valve Development of a prototype cryogenic propellant isolation valve that provides approximately 36 lbm/sec of liquid oxygen at approximately 15 psid (or 12 lbm/sec liquid methane) for long duration in-space operation. This valve should be hermetically sealed, operate on 28 VDC, provide liquid lock back relief, and operate at approximately 500 psia MAWP. The valve should be able to operate in vacuum with insulation on the valve and motor (motor at cryogenic temperatures), and minimize heat leak into the valve from the mounting fixture. The anticipated value of this procurement is $1.2M - $3M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT002J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT002R is October 27, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Kris Romig, Mail Code: EP4, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 483-1128, kris.a.romig@nasa.gov

3: Main Engine (anticipate 2 awards) NASA is seeking the advanced development of an expendable, high-performance liquid oxygen/liquid methane Main Engine that could be used by the CEV Service Module to perform the orbit-change and deorbit burn(s) to/from the International Space Station and Trans-Earth Injection burn(s) from Lunar Orbit. The main engine will be pressure-fed with an inlet pressure of approximately 300 psi and will have fixed thrust within the range of 5000 to 15000 lbf (vacuum) with multiple restart capability. The anticipated value of this procurement is $11.9M - $14M per award. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT003J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT003R is November 3, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Charles Pierce, Mail Code: ER23, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812, (256) 544-6366, charles.w.pierce@nasa.gov

4: 100-lbf Reaction Control System (RCS) Engine (anticipate 2 awards) NASA is seeking the design, development, and test of battleship and flight-weight (bolt on chambers are acceptable) prototype liquid oxygen and liquid methane RCS engine at a fixed thrust of approximately 100 lbf. The engine should nominally operate on sub-cooled liquid propellants (nominal is approximately 185 Rankine) at an inlet pressure of approximately 325 psia. This engine should be designed to have a low average heat soak back rate (over a mission duty cycle of 0.1 percent) from the injector to the valve of less than 0.5 btu/hr. The engine should tolerate less than 1 cubic inches of gas ingestion. The engine vendor should provide liquid oxygen/liquid methane vacuum ignition range, injector design, direct acting valve design and chamber cooling data to NASA by September 2006 using battleship hardware. The engine vendor should design, build and hot fire test a flight weight engine to obtain performance data, including vacuum thrust, by March 2007. The anticipated value of this procurement is $3.2M - $3.8M per award. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT004J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT004R is October 27, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Tara Angstadt, NASA Johnson Space Center, Code EP4, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 244-5751, tara.s.angstadt@nasa.gov

5: Flight-Weight Exciter NASA is seeking the advanced development of a flight-weight exciter that significantly reduces mass and volume and increases duty cycle requirements over current commercial systems for RCS and Main Engine applications. The exciter will require a spark energy of approximately 50 mJ at 200-300 sparks per second. The anticipated value of this procurement is $1.9M - $2.2M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT005J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT005R is October 27, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Tara Angstadt, NASA Johnson Space Center, Code EP4, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 244-5751, tara.s.angstadt@nasa.gov

6: Gaseous Helium (GHe) Tank Cold helium (approximately 100 Kelvin) high pressure (6000 psig) storage vessels of 15-20 cubic feet volume are needed to support advanced development. Lightweight pressure vessel designs to support future flight hardware deliveries are preferred. Anticipated value of procurement is $1.3M - $1.5M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT006J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT006R is November 15, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: David Ray, Mail Code: EP4, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, 281-483-5928, david.m.ray@nasa.gov

7: Pressure Control System A NASA is seeking cold (approximately 100 Kelvin) high pressure (6000 psig) helium isolation valves needed to support advanced development. High performance and proven designs to support future flight hardware deliveries are preferred. Isolation valves may be used for conventional high pressure storage and/or bang-bang pressure control. Valves should be capable of flowing approximately 1000 scfm at 1000 psig inlet. The anticipated value of this procurement is $0.9M - $1M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT007J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT007R is December 19, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Victor Spencer, Mail Code: EP4, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, 281-483-6438, victor.spencer-1@nasa.gov

8: Pressure Control System B NASA is seeking cold helium (approximately 100 Kelvin) high pressure (6000-1000 psia inlet, 350 psig outlet) regulation components needed to support advanced development. High performance and proven designs to support future flight hardware deliveries are preferred. Conventional regulators, electronic regulators, proportional control valves, and etc, capable of flowing approximately 1000 scfm at 1000 psig inlet are desired. The anticipated value of this procurement is $0.4M - $0.5M. Target date for release of draft RFP NNC06ZPT008J is October 5, 2005. Target date for release of final RFP NNC06ZPT008R is December 19, 2005. Technical Point of Contact: Victor Spencer, Mail Code: EP4, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058, 281-483-6438, victor.spencer-1@nasa.gov

Point of Contact

Name: Jane M. Cochran
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (216) 433-2739
Fax: (216) 433-2480
Email: Jane.M.Cochran@nasa.gov

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