Modification update to RFP synopsis

Yesterday we posted a modification update to the RFP synopsis for 'Flight and Payload Integration Services for Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles':

This is a modification to the synopsis entitled FLIGHT AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR SUBORBITAL REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLES NND11373737R which was posted on April 26, 2011. 

NASA/DFRC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the following Commercial items/services: FLIGHT AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR SUBORBITAL REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLES in support of the Office of Chief Technologist (OCT) Program. The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 541712 and 1,000 employees, respectively. The anticipated release date of RFP NND11373737R is on or about May 24, 2011 with an anticipated proposal due date of on or about June 24, 2011. 

All responsible sources may submit a proposal which shall be considered by the agency. NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Patrick Stoliker Patrick.C.Stoliker@nasa.gov (661)276-2706 Fax: (661)276-2298 NASA-DFRC P.O.Box 273, Mailstop D-2004 Edwards, CA 93521-0273 

See the Modification 01 for more information.

Xaero tether flight test (May 12, 2011)

Masten Space Systems has been testing their Xaero vehicle:

Here is a glimpse of our tethered test sequence. With the tied down (or tied up) tests completed, this is the next step in qualifying our Xaero rocket vehicle for flight. In addition to testing the various aspects of the hardware and shaking out bugs in the software, we are also refining our crew operations. Today (05.12.11) we completed 3 tethered flights. Yesterday, we ran 5 tethered flights. It shouldn't be long before the chains come off and the free flights begin. Stay tuned for more updates.

NASA Selects First Payloads For Upcoming Reduced-Gravity Flights

The following Press Release was just issued by NASA:

WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program. The flights provide opportunities for space technologies to be demonstrated and validated in relevant environments. In addition, these flights foster the development of the nation's commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry.

The payloads and teams from ten states and the District of Columbia were selected from applications received in response to a NASA call issued last December. Of the payloads, 12 will ride on parabolic aircraft flights; two on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights; and two on both platforms. 

 "Through our Flight Opportunities Program, NASA is able to align research and technology payloads with commercially-available flights to mature technologies that will benefit America's future in space," said Bobby Braun, NASA chief technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This program allows researchers, technologists and innovators to help NASA meet our future mission needs while infusing new knowledge and capabilities into our nation's universities, laboratories and space industry."

The commercial Zero-G aircraft payloads will fly during a weeklong campaign from Houston ...Read More

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