January 29, 2009

NASA seeks moon lander concepts

The U.S. space agency says it has issued a request for proposals for concept definition and requirements analysis for the Altair lunar lander.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Constellation Program will use Altair to land four astronauts on the moon. The lunar lander will provide the astronauts with life support and a base for week-long initial surface explorations of the moon, NASA said. Altair also will also take the crew back to the orbiting spacecraft that will return them to Earth.

The concept contracts will provide resources to conduct NASA-directed engineering tasks in support of evaluating vehicle conceptual designs, maturing the vehicle design and reviewing the products for system requirements reviews and system definition reviews, NASA said, noting it anticipates making multiple awards as a result of its concept solicitation.

Proposals are due to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by 2 p.m. CST on Feb. 27. The selections will be made this spring.

More information about the request for proposals is available at http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/Altair