NASA Issues Solicitation for Suborbital Flight Services

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NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., issued a request for proposals May 26 for flight and payload integration services to fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles. NASA is seeking to buy the services to support the Office of Chief Technologist’s Flight Opportunities Program, which in mid-May selected the first four payloads it intends to fly onboard suborbital launch vehicles operated by Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., and Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, Texas.

NASA intends to award an unspecified number of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts each worth at least $10,000 but no more than $5 million, according to the solicitation posted May 26 on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Companies have until June 24 to submit proposals for flight and payload integration services. NASA spokesman David Steitz said the agency hopes to make awards this summer to multiple vendors.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program intends to continue to accept payload proposals through 2014.