NASA to Release Commercial Crew Integrated Design Draft RFP in Late Summer

NASA plans to release a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Commercial Crew Programs Integrated Design Contracts (IDC) in late summer, according to a federal procurement notice published last week. The document includes a detailed description of the IDCs:

This design effort would consist of the completion of an integrated Crew Transportation System design (integrated design includes launch vehicle, spacecraft, launch systems, ground and mission operations and recovery) to a Critical Design Review level and may include some early development activities. NASA proposes to award multiple Integrated Design Contracts in the initial phase which is expected to be followed by a future acquisition or acquisitions.

This approach will lead to the procurement of an end-to-end Crew Transportation service with capability to transport crew to and from the International Space Station. The integrated design contract requirements may include:

  • Complete an integrated design of a Crew Transportation System (CTS), at a Critical Design Review (CDR) level, that complies with NASA CTS 1100 requirements suite and SSP 50808
  • Conduct integrated technical risk assessment and prepare mitigation techniques
  • Demonstrate key risk reduction activities focused on mitigating top risks associated with the integrated CTS ability to obtain NASA certification by 2016
  • Develop a comprehensive Certification Plan including analysis, verification and validation of the design against NASA CTS 1100 requirements suite and SSP 50808
  • Enhance the design features with specific focus on expanding the commercial market.

The information is included in a NASA procurement announcement that seeks

capability statements from all interested parties, including Small, Small Disadvantaged, 8(a), Woman-owned, Veteran Owned, Service Disabled Veteran, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) businesses for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition and/or small business subcontracting goals for potential Commercial Crew Program Integrated Design Contracts.

The deadline is August 3, 2011.