CBD: NASA: SP--In-Spce Propulsion Technology Program

Status Report From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2001

[Commerce Business Daily: Posted in CBDNet on October 5, 2001]
[Printed Issue Date: October 10, 2001]
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OFFADD: NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135

DESC: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC)intends to conduct research projects over the next several years focused on In-Space Propulsion Technologies. The goal is to address key technology risks and encourage innovative solutions in preparation for future exploration missions. Both deep space and near-Earth environments should be considered.

The In-Space Propulsion Technologies Program fosters the development of innovative space propulsion concepts and the assessment of those concepts in ground, flight, or engineering model demonstrations. NASA GRC plans to conduct analytical studies, lab demonstrations, field demonstrations, requirements analysis, design, and engineering model construction for innovative techniques that have the highest potential to meet the goals for the Advanced Space Transportation Program and the requirements of the Office of Space Science. The development and/or qualification of flight hardware is generally not supported within the scope of In-Space technology activities.

NASA GRC is seeking partners from the aerospace industry to participate with NASA GRC Principal Investigators (PI) to develop proposals in response to future NASA procurements and execute development and performance demonstrations of space propulsion systems, subsystems, and/or components. It is expected that selection of the proposal(s) and availability of funds would result in system, subsystem, and/or component contracts for the selected partner(s). This partnering opportunity does not guarantee selection for award of any contracts, nor is it to be construed as a commitment by NASA to pay for the information solicited. It is expected that the partner(s) selected would provide (at no cost to NASA) proposal inputs, including: conceptual designs, technical data, project schedules and cost estimates, consistent with the requirements of any NASA solicitations. Potential partners are requested to submit a statement of interest and capability. This statement should demonstrate the capabilities and experience to provide systems, subsystems, and components consistent with the efforts synopsized for the relevant technology area. Partners must work collaboratively with NASA GRC and other potential aerospace industry partners to perform the required tasks.

Partner selection(s) will be made by GRC based on the following criteria: 1) Relevant experience, technical capability and availability of key personnel. This criterion evaluates the proposer's relevant recent experience, technical capability to perform the tasks and key personnel available to support the tasks. Substantive evidence (points of contact and telephone numbers) of successful participation in similar efforts should be included. 2) Management Processes This criterion evaluates the proposer's ability to control both cost and schedule. The proposer should provide descriptions of program/project control and management processes used in similar technology development programs. Responses should be limited to 3 pages (12 point, Times Roman font) and address each of the criteria. Even though it may be duplicative, a separate proposal must be submitted for each technology area of interest. The responder must indicate on the cover page of the proposal the applicable technology area. All responses should be sent to: NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135 Attn: Ernest C. Mensurati M.S. 500-319 or via e-mail to

The due date for submission is COB October 24, 2001. Procurement questions should be directed to Ernest C. Mensurati at (216)433-2727. Partners are sought for the following technology areas. The technical requirements and NASA GRC point of contact for technical questions is provided for each area. For areas 1 through 4 and 7 the NASA GRC Point of Contact is Scott Benson, (216)977-7085 or For areas 5 and 6 the NASA GRC Point of Contact is William Taylor, (216)433-6568 or 1.Electric Propulsion (Ion 5/10kW) 2.Electric Propulsion (Hall = 50kW) 3.Electric Propulsion (30-100kW, ISP = 3000-10,000 sec, eff. >50%) 4.Electric Propulsion (>500kW, ISP > 3000sec, eff. >50%) 5.Advanced Chemical Propulsion 6.Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Propulsion 7.Plasma Sails

LINKURL: LINKDESC: Click here for the latest information about this notice
EMAILDESC: Ernest C. Mensurati
CITE: (D-278 SN510118)

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