International Space Settlement Design Competition
Preliminary Request for Design Proposal (RFP)
- Date: 2 January 2033
- Re: "Bellevistat" Space Settlement Contract
This is a request by the Foundation Society for contractors to propose
the design, development, construction, and operations planning of the
second large space settlement in Earth orbit.
For planning purposes, the Foundation Society has selected
"Bellevistat" as the name of the new settlement. Proposals may suggest
alternate names for this community, within the Foundation Society's
established naming convention that requires the name to begin with the
letter "B" and end with the suffix "at".
Format and Schedule
Only entries from registered teams are eligible to advance in the
Submit proposals in the English language, single-sided on standard office paper,
with a 40-page limit. Submit paper copies and, for archive purposes, a PDF
of your work. Copies of each proposal must be received no later than
24 April 2013.
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
- Basic Requirements -- The contractor will describe the design,
development, and construction of the Bellevistat space settlement in Earth
- Structural Design -- Bellevistat must provide a safe and pleasant
living and working environment for 11,000 full-time residents. Specify
allocation of interior "down surfaces", with drawings labeled to show
residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other uses.
- Operations and Infrastructure -- The settlement will operate in orbit around the Earth-Moon L4 libration point. Bellevistat design
will show elements of basic infrastructure required for the activities
of the settlement's residents, including atmosphere, food production, electrical power generation, water management,
household and industrial solid waste management, internal and external
communication systems, internal transportation systems, and day/night
- Human Factors and Safety -- Bellevistat will provide services that families
could expect in comfortable modern communities, variety and quantity
of consumer goods, and areas designed with long lines of
sight. Provide designs of typical residences, clearly showing
room sizes. Show features required for spacesuits, and airlock designs.
- 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 Bellevistat's 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 automation devices to
enhance livability in the community, productivity in work environments,
and convenience in residences.
- Schedule and Cost -- The proposal will include a schedule
for completion and occupation of Bellevistat, and costs for design through
construction phases of the schedule.
- Business Development -- Bellevistat will host a variety of
commercial and industrial ventures. The original configuration must,
however, accommodate three major business pursuits: port for receiving lunar and asteroid materials, production of goods manufactured from extraterrestrial materials, and repair and restoration of ships and other space infrastructure elements.