The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking feedback from industry to support its anticipated requirements for new commercial space destinations. Feedback will help inform requirements for the agency’s end-to-end services as part of the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development Program.
NASA reports that the requirements will help industry understand NASA’s human-rating standards that will be used by the agency to certify that the new systems meet NASA expectations for low Earth orbit operations and transportation.
The agency issued its official Request for Information (RFI) with a November 17 deadline via SAM.gov. While NASA is currently supporting the development of several new stations and destination concepts through both funded and unfunded agreements, organizations do not need to have a current agreement with NASA in order to provide feedback on the RFI.
“This RFI is a significant next step in transitioning low Earth orbit operations to the private sector, allowing NASA to be one of many customers for services,” said Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “These requirements will be the foundation upon which the companies can design safe systems. But the requirements have to work for companies as well. Thus, we are seeking industry feedback on these draft requirements to ensure that the Commercial LEO destinations will be safe, reliable, and cost effective.”
Access more information on NASA and its industry briefing day on October 12 via its recent news item.
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