NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV is the spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit and to the moon by 2020.

The nation’s Vision for Space Exploration set a goal of developing a new CEV by 2014. The CEV represents one building block in a future exploration architecture that can send astronauts to the moon and form the basis for exploration missions to other destinations.

The contract to build the CEV is a full and open competition. The anticipated period of performance is September, 2005 through December, 2008. The CEV acquisition will use a phased approach that anticipates a maximum of two contractors.

The two contracts will be Cost-Plus-Award-Fee. As part of the Phase 1 contract, the contractors will conduct a demonstration flight that provides risk reduction for the human-rated CEV to be delivered in 2014. The Phase 1 portion of the contract will end with a planned down select to a single prime contractor in late 2008.

The CEV proposals are due no later than 2 p.m. EST, May 2, 2005. A selection will be made in September, 2005.

For more information about the RFP on the Internet, visit:

NASA Special Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle

General Information

Document Type: Special Notice
Solicitation Number: NASA-SNOTE-041209-002
Posted Date: Dec 09, 2004
Original Response Date: Feb 16, 2005
Current Response Date: Feb 16, 2005
Original Archive Date: Feb 11, 2006
Current Archive Date: Feb 11, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for design, development, test and evaluation of a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).  

Attached to this synopsis are the draft Statement of Work and the draft Data Requirements Documents list for this contract.

The efforts described in this SOW occur prior to NASA down-selection in 2008. These documents are available for review by potential bidders.

While comments are welcome for any aspect of the draft documents, NASA will not reply to comments at this time.  

Of particular interest to NASA are comments concerning the entrance and exit criteria for program milestones, and comments concerning the Work Breakdown Structure utilized in developing the SOW.

Comments on any element of this notice may be submitted via the Exploration Systems Acquisition Portal web site, available at:


No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offerors’ responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or other documents relating to this procurement. This notice is for information purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for any information solicited.  

Respondents will not be notified about the outcome of the Government’s review of any solicited information.

Failure to respond to this synopsis does not mean that a firm cannot respond to a solicitation at a later date.

All interested parties are encouraged to register for Email Notification for automatic notification when any announcements about this procurement are posted. Go to , to sign up for automatic notification when any documents regarding this procurement are posted.

Documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/HQ Business Opportunities home page is’gr=D&pin=04 .

Offerors are responsible for monitoring this site for the release of the solicitation and any amendments.

Potential offerors are responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any).  

A link to briefing charts and further details on current and upcoming Exploration Systems Mission Directorate acquisition activities is available at the web site identified above.

Original Point of Contact

K Lee Pagel, Contracting Officer, Phone (202) 479-6927, Fax (202) 479-6921, Email

Email your questions to K Lee Pagel at

Current Point of Contact

K Lee Pagel, Contracting Officer, Phone (202) 479-6928, Fax (202) 479-6921, Email

Email your questions to K Lee Pagel at