NASA has begunÂ aÂ search on design concepts for the agencyâs Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission spacecraft as part of an effort to further human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit.
The agency released a solicitation Monday that seeks conceptual studies for the ARRM spacecraft, an early-stage project that will use cis-lunar space as a proving ground for future spaceflight missions.
NASA plans to demonstrate ARRMâs performance in carrying large payloads, recovering a multi-ton boulder from an asteroid, and participating in crewed and robotic vehicle operations.
After the preliminary design phase, NASA will develop the flight spacecraft bus based on solar electric propulsion.
Submissions for this solicitation will close on Nov. 16.