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 Competition.

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

  1. Basic Requirements -- The contractor will describe the design, development, and construction of the Bellevistat space settlement in Earth orbit.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 cycle provisions.
  4. 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.
  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 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.