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NASA Seeks Proposals for Crew and Cargo Transportation to Orbit

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:49 pm
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NASA is challenging United States’ industry to establish capabilities and services that can open new space markets and support the crew and cargo transportation needs of the International Space Station.

For the first time, NASA is seeking non-government vehicles and commercial services to provide crew and cargo transportation for human space flight. The final announcement for Phase 1 of the Commercial Crew/Cargo Project invites proposals for Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Demonstrations.

“This signifies a new era in space transportation with a greater role for commercial space providers,” said Scott Horowitz, NASA’s associate administrator for Exploration Systems. “We look forward to being able to purchase services for routine access to space, as NASA explores the moon, Mars, and beyond.”

The companies or teams selected will develop and demonstrate the vehicles, systems, and operations needed to support a human space facility like the station. Once a capability is demonstrated, NASA plans to purchase these services competitively in Phase 2.

Proposals are sought for Earth-to-orbit space flight demonstrations of any one or combination of four capabilities: external (unpressurized) cargo delivery and disposal; internal (pressurized) cargo delivery and disposal; internal cargo delivery and return; and crew transportation.

A draft announcement for Phase 1 of the Commercial Crew/Cargo Project was released in December. Commercial Crew/Cargo Phase 1 proposals are due March 3, 2006, and agreements are expected to be awarded this summer.

For announcement details on the Web, visit:
http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/cots/

The Vision for Space Exploration calls for humans to return to the moon and eventually journey to Mars and beyond. For more information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/home

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