NOTABLE DATES

Proposals Due: 31 May at 1:00 PM MT

Q&A Responses: 24 May at 8:00 AM MT

RPP Questions Due: 13 May at 1:00 PM MT

RPP Release: 4 May at 3:00 PM MT

Teaming Event: 12 April from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  ET

Draft RPP Questions Due: 1 April 2022 at 11:00 AM MT

Feedback Due: 1 April 2022 at 11:00 AM MT

Project TALX: 29 March from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT

Request for 1-on-1 Conversations Due: 25 March 2022 at 11:00 AM MT


RPP UPDATE (ATTACHMENT 4)

The Government wishes to confirm that the RPP proposal due date remains unchanged, with proposals due on 31 May 2022. Please find below RPP Attachment 4.

Type I encryption is required per Committee on National Security Systems (CNSSP) Number 12. The Government will procure National Security Agency (NSA)-approved Type I [Top Secret and Below (TSAB)] encryption devices. The Government, through the System Key Management Plan (SKMP), will facilitate acquisition of the appropriate keys (KEYMAT).

FINAL RPP RELEASE

The Government has released the Final RPP (Request for Prototype Proposal) package for this opportunity.

Please find the Final RPP and accompanying attachments below.

CHPS Final RPP: SpEC RPP CHPS – 4.0.0.


CHPS REFERENCE LIBRARY

The CHPS Reference Library contains 28 reference documents accessible below.

Also known as the Bidder’s Library, these documents provide additional information relevant to the CHPS opportunity.

CHPS Reference Library


Q&A RESPONSES

The Government has responded to your questions regarding the CHPS opportunity, which you can find below.

SpEC QA CHPS 05.24.22

TEAMING LIST AVAILABLE

View the CHPS Teaming List, which provides a list of organizations searching for teaming partners. To add your organization and view the list, please:

  • Send a request to crystal@nstxl.org with the subject line “CHPS Teaming List”
  • Provide POC info, prime/sub intent, and company capabilities/needs

To view the teaming event recording and slides, please scroll down to the “Opportunity Updates” section below.


OPPORTUNITY UPDATES

4 MAY 2022 – FINAL RPP RELEASE

The Government has released the Final RPP for this opportunity, which can be found in the section above.

13 APRIL 2022 – Q&A RESPONSES

The Government has released a Q&A Response document, which can be found below:

CHPS dRPP Q&A 4.1.22

12 APRIL 2022 – TEAMING RESOURCES AVAILABLE

View Slides

The event recording will be posted shortly.

6 APRIL 2022 – TEAMING LIST AVAILABLE

If you are interested in teaming up for the CHPS opportunity, a list of organizations also interested in teaming is now available. To access the list, please send a request to crystal@nstxl.org with the subject line “CHPS Teaming List”.

30 MARCH 2022 – PROJECT TALX EVENT

View Recording

View Slides

18 MARCH 2022 – DRAFT RPP RELEASE

The AFRL CHPS team may conduct 1-on-1 conversations with interested SpEC members. Conversations will not exceed 20 mins and is limited to 3 company participants. To request a 1-on-1 meeting:

  1. Provide Company Name
  2. Primary Company POC (Name/Email Address)
  3. List of Company participants (First and Last Name, Position)
  4. Conversation Objective
  5. Email you request to Space@nstxl.org; Include in the Subject Line “CHPS 1-on-1 Request”

All requests for 1-on-1 conversations must be received no later than 11AM/MST on Friday 25 March 2022. If the AFRL CHPS team elects to conduct 1-on-1 conversations, NSTXL will reach out to your Primary Company POC to coordinate.

14 MARCH 2022 – PREBRIEF EVENT

View Recording

View Slides

24 FEBRUARY 2022 – Q&A RESPONSES

The Government has released their answers to your questions on CHPS.

Q&A Answers

15 FEBRUARY 2022 – COMING SOON NOTICE

Official Coming Soon Document:

CHPS Coming Soon Final 2.15.22


CHPS OVERVIEW

Customer: Air Force Research Laboratory

The United States Space Force (USSF) is tasked with protecting and defending US interests in space. Until now, the limits of that mission have been in near Earth, out to approximately geostationary (GEO) range.  With new US public and private sector operations extending into cislunar space, the reach of USSF’s sphere of interest will also extend to the Moon and beyond. USSF now has an even greater surveillance task for space domain awareness in that region, but its current capabilities and architecture are limited by technologies designed for the legacy mission. There are a number of technical challenges to overcome with cislunar domain awareness operations, including the effects of a three-body gravitational environment. The large range of trajectories can have periods anywhere from hours to a month, and the new region encompasses a volume 1000x larger than is traditionally monitored by the USSF. Finally, the Moon creates observational challenges simply due to exclusion zones created by varying lighting conditions that occur due to the Moon’s orbit around the Earth. This creates a substantial observational challenge that can only be overcome by observations from orbits beyond GEO, such as halo orbits around Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 1.

As part of an overarching research program addressing these challenges, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Cislunar Highway Patrol System (CHPS) will demonstrate core competencies for conducting space domain awareness (SDA) operations in the cislunar regime. The CHPS project will demonstrate sensing techniques and methods for detection and tracking in the region near the Moon that cannot be viewed optically from the Earth or traditional orbits like GEO. Additionally, the project will investigate technologies and methods to support the SDA mission, including autonomous operations, navigation, and communication.

The CHPS Other Transaction Authority (OTA) is being sought to mature and deliver this novel capability to the USSF. The primary mission objectives are to search for and maintain custody of objects down to 18th and 21st visual magnitudes, respectively. To support this mission, the vehicle must facilitate precise pointing, position, navigation, and timing in the cislunar operational environment. CHPS is seeking solutions to maximize on-board image processing, orbit determination, and catalog maintenance in conjunction with necessary communications to the ground.   It is expected that the vehicle fit in a form factor of The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adaptor (ESPA) and leverage commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts to the extent feasible.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns.


DRAFT RPP RELEASE (PLEASE SEE FINAL RPP ABOVE)

The Government has released the Draft RPP (Request for Prototype Proposal) package for the Cislunar Highway Patrol System (CHPS) opportunity. Please find the Draft RPP and accompanying attachments below.

CHPS Draft RPP: SpEC Draft RPP CHPS – 3.0.0.

Accompanying attachments: