We have now officially closed discussions with our Phase 2 contract offerors, and they are presumably working hard on their best and final offers. We expect these shortly, and will commence the evaluation of them immediately upon receipt. While I had originally hoped to have a prime on board by the AAS meeting in Albuquerque in June, we will have to wait a bit longer, I'm afraid. But one must take the longer view in all these things, as I often have to remind myself, in that the resulting product (and initial conditions) will be improved over what it might have been otherwise.
Our next NASA/ESA Bilateral will be taking place next week in Saclay. Discussions will continue on several fronts, including MOU development processes and gates, export controls restrictions and the implications of the new launch schedule to our international partners. We will review progress on all of the various ESA and US-led studies, such as the ESA-sponsored cryostat study and the GSFC MEMS developments on this side of the Atlantic.
Work continues across the project team on our "Day One" activity planning. This notion of day one refers to what types of interchanges we will be having with the newly-selected prime contractor on the first day after award. Each discipline has been asked to prepare a plan and review it at the next project monthly meeting the last Tuesday in May.
I'll report back after the Bilateral meeting on our progress. Till then, yours,
Bernard D. Seery
Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Project Manager
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
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