Preliminary RFP

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Date: January 30, 2081
Re: “Cassandras” Space Settlement Contract

The Foundation Society requests that contractors propose design, development, and operations planning of the third space settlement to orbit the sun Sol. It will be the first fusion-propelled space settlement, which will serve as a “space cruise liner” enabling 80-day transits between Earth and Mars.

Format and Schedule
Only entries from registered teams are eligible to advance in the Competition.

Submit proposals in the English language, single-sided on paper, with a 40-page limit. Submit a PDF of your work. Copies of each proposal must be received no later than the deadline mentioned in the competition schedule.

This is a preliminary Request for Proposal (RFP). Your proposal is expected to include all of the items identified in the Statement of Work. Proposals must meet more detailed requirements described in the Final RFP, which will be sent to each team that submits a completed Registration Form. You must register to receive the complete and final RFP.

Statement of Work
The contractor will describe the design, development, construction, and operations/maintenance planning for the ‘Cassandras’ space settlement for transits between Earth and Mars.

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Structural Design — Cassandras must provide a safe and pleasant living and working environment for a population of 2,000 full-time residents, and up to 4,500 short-term overnight visitors. Specify allocation of interior “down surfaces”, with drawings labeled to show residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other uses.
  3. Operations and Infrastructure — Identify sources of materials and equipment that will be used in construction and operations, using minimally refined extraterrestrial materials as much as possible. Atlas design will show elements of basic infrastructure required for the activities of the settlement’s residents, including atmosphere/climate/weather control, food production, electrical power generation, water management, household and industrial solid waste management, internal and external communication systems, internal transportation system(s), and day/night cycle provisions.
  4. Human Factors — Cassandras will provide services that residents could expect in comfortable modern communities, variety and quantity of consumer goods, and public areas designed with long lines of sight. Provide designs of typical residential homes, clearly showing room sizes. Show spacesuit designs and airlock designs.
  5. Automation Design and Services — Specify numbers and types of computing and information processing devices, multi-function personal electronic tools, servers, network devices, and robots required for Atlas’ facility, community, and business operations. Show robot designs, clearly indicating their dimensions. Specify automation systems for maintenance, repair, and safety functions, including backup systems and contingency plans. Describe functionalities of automation devices to enhance livability in the community, productivity in work environments, and convenience in residences.
  6. Schedule and Cost — The proposal will include a schedule for completion and occupation of Atlas, and costs for design through construction phases of the schedule.
  7. Business Development — Cassandras will host a variety of commercial and industrial ventures – Storage of in-transit cargo containers, research labs for scientists, and commercial tourist activities.
  8. Appendices, Bibliography / References & Compliance Matrix