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Lunar Ice Explorers Could Power Up With Solar Over Laser Transmission

ice mining could be the first lunar "gold rush"
Huntsville - May 13, 2003
NASA/MSFC has a requirement for laser-photovoltaic wireless power transmission research and development for a near term application in investigation of ice resources in dark, cold lunar polar craters. NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the items from The Boeing Company, Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power, 6633 Canoga Avenue,Canoga, Park, CA 91309-7922.

According to a press release issued by MSFC May 8, "The reason for the sole source award is based on the contractors expertise needed to forge a technical assistance agreement with Japan. The contractor already has contracts in place with Japan that allows cooperative research in the laser WPT demonstrations.

"Boeing has already assisted NASA/MSFC with bench top and system level ground demonstrations and has existing laser WPT test facilities related to Space Solar Power. They also have the critical SSP technologies to quickly develop WPT tests to demonstrate distances up to 20km.

"This procurement is being conducted under the Simplified Acquistion Procedures (SAP). The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on May 23, 2003.

Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Original Point of Contact: Robert L Martin, contract specialist, Phone (256) 544-8024, Fax (256) 544-9162, Email robert.martin @ - Harry B. Craig, Contracting Officer, Phone (256) 544-0515, Fax (256) 544-4401, Email harry.craig @

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Europe Puts A Laser Through Artemis To SPOT The Data
Paris (ESA) Nov 27, 2001
Last week, for the first time, a data link between satellites was established using a laser beam as signal carrier. On board ESA's Artemis satellite - launched last July by an Ariane 5 - is the SILEX system.

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