DARPA Looks for Airborne Systems to Launch Small Sats

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DARPA is looking to radically reduce the cost of small satellite delivery through the development of airborne launch systems. The agency issued the follow pre-solicitation last week.

Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA)
Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-12-07
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Synopsis:

The goal of ALASA is to develop a significantly less expensive approach for launching small satellites routinely, with a goal of at least threefold reduction in costs compared to current military and US commercial launch costs. ALASA seeks to develop and employ radical advances in launch systems, to include the development of a complete launch vehicle requiring no recurring maintenance or support, and no specific integration to prepare for launch. The ALASA demonstration system will draw upon emerging technologies to provide increased specific impulse propellants, stable propellant formulations, hybrid propellant systems, potential “infrastructure-free” cryogen production, new motor case materials, new flight controls and mission planning techniques, new nozzle designs, improved thrust vectoring methods, and new throttling approaches.

For a detailed description of this opportunity please see the attached file – DARPA-BAA-12-07 (ALASA).

This announcement represents the FINAL solicitation for the ALASA effort.

This Amendment ( No. 1) provides slides presented at the ALASA Industry Day held on 4 November 2011 FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. The BAA is a stand alone document and review of the slides is not required to submit a proposal. In the event of any discrepancies, the original BAA document takes precedence. This Amendment also changes the initial round proposal submission deadline from 5:00pm Eastern on December 20, 1011 to 4:00pm Eastern on December 20, 2011.

For full information, please visit: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6d25063e62820a4fb2611b6600f9ad66&tab=core&_cview=1