Encouraging New Thinking
13 Aug 2004
(Source: NASA Headquarters)
Glenn Mahone/Bob Jacobs
Aug. 13, 2004
NASA ISSUES ADDITIONAL REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO U.S. SPACE EXPLORATION POLICY REPORT
NASA today issued additional Requests for Information, known as RFIs, in response to the final report from the President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy.
The Commission's report, issued in June, offered findings and recommendations on how NASA can better implement the Vision for Space Exploration outlined by President George W. Bush in January, during an address at Headquarters in Washington.
Recommendation 5-1 asks NASA to aggressively use its contractual authority to reach broadly into the commercial and nonprofit communities. Recommendation 3-1 suggests that the agency recognize and implement a far larger presence of private industry in space operations.
"The President's Commission recommended major changes in the way we engage private industry and conduct space operation activities. We believe these RFIs will generate a new wave of interest in innovation," said William F. Readdy, Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Operations. "This is an opportunity for us to encourage new thinking and see what new ideas industry can bring to the table."
The deadline for submitting questions regarding both RFIs is Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. EDT. Questions can be submitted to Lynn Bailets by calling 202/358-0435, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses to the RFIs are due by Sept. 13 and are limited to 20 pages.
"The RFI process is an important first step in our ongoing efforts of gathering and analyzing information," added Readdy. "The Commission outlined a general roadmap for implementation of the new Vision for Exploration. It's up to us, working closely with industry, government and academia, to develop the best tools and processes to get there."
The Commission's final report and more information about the Vision for Space Exploration are available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/explore_main.html