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#16 Albert


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:54

NASA now stands for "Not A Space Agency".

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:34

NASA is playing the Name Game again.

CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle) has not been used for nearly 10 years. CEV begat Orion under Constellation, which was cancelled. We then had MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) which evolved into MPCV/Orion and later back to Orion. Now CEV is back in vogue.

What ever, it's budgeted at $1.2B a year (2014) and will be so expensive flying it to ISS was moved to the Commercial Crew program. Worse, 2 members of CC (Dragon and CST-100) could likely be upgraded to do CEV/Orion/MPCV/Orion/CEV's mission at a fraction the program cost.

I'm getting dizzy :rofl:


Synopsis - Nov 19, 2013
General Information
Solicitation Number: NNJ14491748R
Posted Date: Nov 19, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 19, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 02, 2013
Current Response Date: Dec 09, 2013
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712
Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business
Contracting Office Address
NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BT


NASA/JSC has a requirement for Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Cockpit Prototyping Phase 4 research and development (R&D). The objective of the Phase 4 work is to provide human machine interface R&D for defining CEV cockpit layout requirements, displays, and controls rapid prototyping using iterative interaction. The Government intends to award a follow-on contract to the CEV Cockpit Prototyping Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Contracts. This acquisition will be a Firm Fixed Price, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract. The period of performance is planned for May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2019.

NASA/JSC intends to purchase the items from Aerospace Applications North America (AANA), Houston, TX. AANA is the CEV Cockpit Prototyping Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 contractor and has contracted with NASA on the three aforementioned R&D projects.

The CEV Cockpit Prototyping Phase 4 R&D tasks are an extension of work completed during Phases 1, 2, and 3. Due to AANA's extensive knowledge of the prototype code, the existing parsing tool, simulator scenario construction, and the current state of the evolving automated display software requirements definition and communication processes, AANA is uniquely positioned to continue to perform these tasks.

Interested parties shall be able to further develop the tools and concepts created during previous phases seamlessly utilizing ideas and lessons learned from three previous NASA R&D projects -- X38/CRV Human Machine Interface R&D, the Advanced Cockpit Evaluation System, and the Sensor Fusion Project.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:00 p.m. local time on December 9, 2013. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at http://prod.nais.nas...ibrary/Omb.html .

Point of Contact

Name: Geraldine B. Mason
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-4714
Fax: 281-483-0503
Email: geraldine.b.mason@nasa.gov

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 17:47


ESA chief says Orion service module will be ready in 2017

The head of the European Space Agency says he has promised NASA the service module for the Orion crew exploration capsule will be delivered in time for an unmanned test flight by the end of 2017 despite problems with mass and development delays.
The service module's preliminary design review, a major developmental milestone in which engineers assess the maturity of the spacecraft's design, was delayed late last year from November to the spring.

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's director general, told reporters Friday the design review will kick off at the beginning of April and run until May 15.

"The delay is linked to a number of technical problems, including mass-related issues," Dordain said.

But Dordain said he has assured NASA the six-month delay will not affect the service module's delivery schedule.

"I have undertaken to NASA that the delay in the PDR will not lead to any delay of the delivery of the service module," Dordain said Friday.

The service module is the Orion crew capsule's propulsion and power element and is based on Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle, a robotic resupply freighter for the International Space Station.

Technicians will assemble the service module at Airbus Defence and Space's facility in Bremen, Germany, the site of ATV integration. Airbus will ship the service module to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for attachment to the Orion crew vehicle built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

The European-built propulsion section has a height and diameter of about four meters, or 13 feet.

The schedule calls for the service module's arrival in Florida by the first quarter of 2017, but Dordain and Thomas Reiter, ESA's human spaceflight division chief, said the plan will be reassessed in June following the completion of the preliminary design review.

In a Jan. 10 interview, Reiter said engineers have made good progress on the service module's design documentation in the last few weeks.

Despite the delay of the PDR, Reiter said ESA will authorize Airbus Defence and Space to start procurement of "long-lead items which are more or less independent of the outcome of the PDR."

"We are trying to be as flexible and creative as possible," Reiter said.

ESA is ordering service module work to Airbus in slices and is waiting to award the next big contract, known as the Phase C/D contract, after the preliminary design review.

The PDR delay "cuts down the time we have to prepare our C/D contract with industry, but it's achievable," Reiter said.

The flight at the end of 2017 will be the first full-up space mission for the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle, but it will not carry astronauts. The spacecraft will blast off on NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, a mega-rocket under development using recycled and redesigned space shuttle technologies.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 22:05

ESA knows that they don't need the Service module ready by 2017 because the SLS will not be ready by then.


I also like how they are confident they can be ready by 2017 when the design isn't complete, what if they have to design and build something new which takes an extra year.


I wish NASA had more funds.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 22:12

I doubt NASA will ever be the same again. America is currently in a large battle with Science and idiocy, and unfortunately, idiocy is winning.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 00:24

I doubt NASA will ever be the same again. America is currently in a large battle with Science and idiocy, and unfortunately, idiocy is winning.


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