As per NASA website based Juno Fact Sheet and public information , scheduled to launch on August 5, 2011, Juno (spacecraft), NASA’s New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter. Principal Investigator and overall mission responsibility is under the oversight of the Southwest Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Launch vehicle for this mission is “Atlas V 551. With an approximate original cost budget of $ 700 million Juno’s budget is expected to exceed its estimated cost to $ 1.1billion over “its life“.
Juno unmanned spacecraft mission is to determine water content in Jupiter’s atmosphere, measure composition, temperature, cloud motions, gravitational and magnetic fields, polar magnetosphere and other properties. Responsible for mission management of the Juno mission is the Jet Propulsion Laboratories located in California. This mission, Juno to Jupiter, is accomplished with the participation of several institutional partners.
With every “New Frontier” comes new business opportunities. A longtime and major contractor with the NASA missions and responsible for spacecraft development (Juno) is the Lockheed Martin Corporation, with a office located in Greenbelt, Maryland, Goddard Space flight center. Interested vendors seeking to bid on NASA contracts, view upcoming procurements forecasts and much more should visit the NASA Acquisition Information Service as well as the Web page of the Office of Small Business Programs, for more information visit:
Locally , under “ Mission Directorate: Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration
Theme: Construction of Facilities, there is a upcoming procurement for FY 2012, titled: Construct Flight Project Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Interested contractors? Now is the time to inquire. In addition firms are encouraged to make inquires to the management and development participants and partners, i.e., Lockheed Martin regarding subcontracting opportunities.