XHAB TIM Questions - 2013

Insitu Manufacturing Work Station

 

Q. This project is meant to be viable in a space exploration mission where gravity is negligible. However, in the x-habitat proposal there is no indication of taking microgravity into account when developing the workstation. Is this the case, or should it be assumed that the machine will be operating in an environment subjected to microgravity?

A. The concept demonstrators will be operating in a one-G environment. But consideration should be applied to design changes for microgravity conditions in the final report deliverable.

 

Q. Are there color photographs of the environment available for the teams viewing so that the design can be optimized for the allowed space?

A. Yes, these can be made available once the challenge participant teams are selected.

 

Q. Are there CAD models showing the dimensions of the space allotted to the workstation available?

A. Yes, the AES DSH team can provide simplified models of the concept demonstrator once the challenge participant teams are selected.

 

Q. Are there technical drawings showing the dimensions of the space allotted to the workstation available?

A. No, In the rapid prototyping environment, the DSH team relies on CAD models, photos, intelligent design choices, and reference schematics. Once the challenge participant teams are selected, the AES DSH team will work with each team to provide the information needed for their design effort.

 

Q. What systems (i.e: fasteners, connections, mounting points, etc.) are going to be put in place for use in mounting the workstation in the habitat?

A. Primarily, the concept demonstrators use 80/20 structural framework systems for the secondary hardware mounting, but design details can be worked during the design process.

 


Telemedicine System

 

Q. Is there any detailed document on that I can refer to?

A. Once the challenge participant teams are selected, the AES DSH team will work with each team to provide the information needed for their design effort.


 

Intelligent Habitat Digital Double

Q. Is there any detailed document on that I can refer to?

A. Once the challenge participant teams are selected, the AES DSH team will work with each team to provide the information needed for their design effort.


 

General Questions

 

Q: May I submit a proposal if I did not submit a notice of intent?

A: Yes, the notice of intent is encouraged but neither required nor binding.

 

Q: What are the NASA Office of Education Performance Measurement (OEPM) reporting requirements?

A: OEPM is the NASA Office of Education reporting system.  Selected teams may be required to complete some information for this system.  The required information consists of a project summary, summary budget information, and information on all faculty and student participants (ie name, email address, gender, race, ethnicity, and possibly other information.)

 

Q. In the "evaluation" section of the RFP, under the "mandatory logistics" section, are those items (e.g. Identify NASA Technical Expert, etc.) the responsibility of the reviewer, not proposer?

A. The “mandatory logistics” portion refers to items that will be decided by the university teams once the team is selected, as part of the evaluation criteria. They are not required in the proposal. “Identify NASA Technical Expert” will of course be a joint effort on the part of the university team and NASA, to find an appropriate set of domain experts to follow the progress and mentor the university team.

 

Q. When budgeting, what travel is required for the teams in terms of meetings with NASA personnel (location, duration, number of team members participating) if any?

A. The team should plan their travel within their budget resources. Typically 1-2 several day visits by the team to the site of the concept demonstrator and a final visit of 2-3 days for final integration and testing.

 

Q. Does the university have to offer two for-credit courses as part of the competition (one in the Fall of 2012 and one in Spring of 2013)?

A. Designs in response to this solicitation must be conducted during a Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 ABET accredited design course.

 

Q. Do we need to submit a syllabus as part of the proposal?

A. PIs are not required to submit a course syllabus but they must provide evidence that the course has been approved at their institution in the 2012-13 academic year.

 

Q. The solicitation says the teams must provide Vision, Mission and Concept of Operations, Problem Statement, Functional and Performance Requirements, Work Plan, Integration Testing Plan, etc. Did you really want those items in the proposal?

A. The items mentioned (vision, concept of operations, etc) are the deliverables in Section 3.6 that will be expected eventually from the teams that are selected, in SDR, PDR, and CDR NASA-style reviews. In the solicitation, the proposal contents (Section 4.0) comes after the part mentioned above, and does not require those items listed. Instead, the proposal should include description of course outline, integration strategies into the DSH, past performance, schedule, budget etc.

 

Q. What is meant by a "faculty outline"?  Does the team need to provide full CVs for the faculty, or just their bio sketches in about a paragraph?

A. The "faculty outline" that is referenced in section 4.1.B of the solicitation should contain a description of the involvement of the faculty member in the project along with a short biographical sketch. This section must be included in the body of the proposal which is limited to 8 pages. Full or short CVs of the faculty may be included in an Appendix, which is not included in the page count.

 

Q. Is there an official document on the "US Space Exploration Policy"?

A. Yes, it is located at: - no longer exists on-line