Kari Fluegel Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713/483-5111) Release: 90-46

March 30, 1990

NASA CALLS FOR MIDDECK LOCKER MODULE PROPOSALS NASA Thursday released a call for proposals to lease space and related services on a pressurized manned module to expand the Space Shuttle orbiter's middeck locker experiment capability. Called the Commercial Middeck Augmentation Module (CMAM), the commercially-developed and owned module will ride in the orbiter payload bay when carried, be accessible through the air lock and add the volume equivalent of about 50 middeck lockers to the orbiter's capacity. The request for proposals seeks responses from companies that can provide the module for lease by the government; physical and operational integration of the module and the experiment requirements; operator training; and data collection, processing and distribution. Need for the additional capability emanates from NASA's Commercial Development of Space Program. In support of private sector research initiatives, NASA is offering Shuttle-based flight research opportunities through its grant program for Centers for the Commercial Development of Space. The experiments will involve breakthrough technologies in areas such as materials processing, protein crystal growth, biotechnology and fluid dynamics. The government's minimum requirements are for the lease of 175 middeck locker volume equivalents and related services to be provided over five flights beginning in 1993 and ending in 1995. An option, if proposed and exercised, will

involve 25 additional middeck locker equivalents and related services to be provided on a September 1992 flight.

- more -2Deadline for the proposals is April 30. In fiscal year 1991, approximately $14 million is available for the CMAM project. The entire project is budgeted for $180 million through 1995. The CMAM will be managed by the CMAM Project Office in the New Initiatives Office at the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

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