NASA Publishes Pre-solicitation for Human Lunar Lander Ascent System

NASA’s cancelled Altair lander on the moon. (Credit: NASA)

Human Landing System – Ascent Element
Solicitation Number: NNH19ZCQ001K_APP-H
Notice Type: Pre-solicitation
Full Pre-solicitation

Added: Apr 08, 2019 3:30 pm

NASA intends to release a solicitation under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to seek proposals from industry in support of design analysis, technology maturation, system development and integration, and space flight demonstrations for the Ascent Element of the Human Landing System (HLS), an integrated lunar transportation system. The Ascent Element will provide a safe environment as humans are transported to the lunar surface. The Ascent Element also provides powered ascent for the crew to return them safely from the lunar surface. The primary objective of this Appendix to the NextSTEP-2 BAA is to enable rapid development and flight demonstrations of human lunar landers.

Contracts awarded under Appendix H may have multiple phases. The first phase will be for brief studies in order to mature requirements, tailor applicable standards, procure long-lead parts and implement technology maturation plans for early risk reduction. Following the study, NASA intends to execute future phases that may result in multiple awards, for the Design, Development, Test, and Evaluation (DDT&E) and flight demonstrations of Ascent Elements. The detailed study requirements and additional information on the overall acquisition strategy will be contained in the forthcoming Appendix H solicitation.

NASA will use the information gained through these initial studies to inform the performance requirements for the HLS and will work with industry to continue to mature the approach for future missions.