[meteorite-list] Companies Selected to Provide Early Design Work for Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission Spacecraft

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:59:18 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201601282359.u0SNxIPR026567_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Companies Selected to Provide Early Design Work for Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission Spacecraft
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
January 27, 2016

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has selected four
companies to conduct design studies for a solar-electric-propulsion-based
spacecraft for the agency's Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM).
The aerospace companies selected for the initial studies include: Lockheed
Martin Space Systems, Littleton, Colorado; Boeing Phantom Works, Huntington
Beach, California; Orbital ATK, Dulles, Virginia; and Space Systems/Loral,
Palo Alto, California.

ARRM is part of NASA's plan for using cislunar space, the region between
Earth and moon's orbit, as a proving ground for future human spaceflight
beyond low-Earth orbit, in support of the agency's journey to Mars.

The acquisition strategy for the ARRM spacecraft will leverage commercially
available U.S. industry capabilities to reduce costs and cost risk. The
strategy includes procurement of the ARRM spacecraft bus through two phases.
The first phase is design work accomplished through studies by U.S. industry
working in cooperation with the mission's project office at JPL to support
mission formulation. The second phase, to be awarded via a second competition,
will include development and implementation of the flight spacecraft bus
by one of the study participants.

ARRM is being planned to perform a number of demonstrations including
the use of a 20-fold improvement in deep space solar-electric propulsion
(SEP) to move and maneuver large payloads; retrieve a boulder up to 20
tons in mass from an asteroid and redirect it to a crew-accessible orbit
around the moon; and be a part of integrated crewed and robotic vehicle
operations in deep space.

Media Contact

DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
agle at jpl.nasa.gov

Received on Thu 28 Jan 2016 06:59:18 PM PST

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