Space Shuttle Main Landing Gear Tire Loan Program
NASA is seeking outside organizations interested in a unique outreach
opportunity using main landing gear tires from space shuttle missions.
The loan of these tires may be used to educate, inspire or inform the
public about NASA's scientific and technological achievements through
art, sculpture, furniture, building structures, exhibits or other
innovative uses of the artifacts. These items may not be used for the
promotion of any organization or entity, or for commercial purposes.
Given the limited number of tires and the predicted response, NASA
requests that interested organizations submit proposals for the tires'
use, which enables the agency to choose those that best meet NASA's
education and outreach objectives.
We currently have an inventory of approximately 50 flown space shuttle
main landing gear tires for this opportunity. In addition, we have a
number of un-flown space shuttle tires (submitters should state their
preference in their proposals). The loan period is three years,
Tires flown on specific missions or on a certain orbiter may be
requested although NASA cannot guarantee that all requests will be
fulfilled. Data on specific flights for each tire are available in Attachment I.
This opportunity is open to a wide variety of organizations including,
but not limited to, museums, schools, and civic organizations.
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It should be noted that the organizations requesting these tires must
abide by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
restrictions placed on the tires. The space shuttle landing gear tires
fall under the purview of the U.S. Munitions List (USML), as defined in
the ITAR, 22 CFR120-130, and are export controlled.
The space shuttle landing gear tires shall not be transferred to foreign
nationals, in the U.S. or abroad, or exported out of the United States,
without specific approval of a knowledgeable NASA export control
official, and/or unless an export license/license exemption is
obtained/available from the United States Department of State.
Violations of these regulations are punishable by fine, imprisonment, or
The tires listed in this Artifact Loan Opportunity remain government
property and must follow all applicable rules regarding the loan of
government property and government-furnished equipment. The proposer
must also show proof of insurance for this government-furnished
equipment in the amount of retail value of the property in case of loss
($250.00 per tire).
This artifact loan opportunity will not be for a contract, grant or
cooperative agreement. There will be no appropriated funds associated
with the resulting artifact loans.
NASA is waiving some preservation requirements for these tires due to
the nature and number of the tires to allow a wide range of possible
uses. The tires may be displayed outdoors, may be cut, drilled, painted
or otherwise modified, but all pieces will remain the property of the
federal government. Any and all other uses for these artifacts will be
considered, but must be approved by NASA and the item will remain the
property of the federal government.
Proposers should take into consideration that shuttle tires, like
automotive tires, contain hazardous materials and required proper
handling. Any deviation from the proposed use of the tires as defined in
the proposal must be approved by NASA.
Each proposal submitted to NASA for this outreach opportunity should include:
The actual loan will be for three years, renewable for additional
- name of responsible organization and point-of-contact information;
- target audience(s);
- intended use of the tire(s);
- number of tires requested;
- preference for flown or un-flown tires;
- location of intended use;
- estimated outreach or impact this activity would have on the target community;
- estimated cost of activity;
- source of funding; and
- requested length of loan;
- any other information that would strengthen the proposal.
Proposers should include a letter guaranteeing funding for the shipment
of the tire(s) to their location from the Washington D.C. area and/or
Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the return of the tire(s) at the end
of the loan. Each tire weighs approximately 225 pounds and has
approximate dimensions of 42 inches diameter x 15 inches wide.
NASA also has available a limited number of tire stands that can be used
to display these tires. Loan of these stands should be requested in the
proposal and would be included in the loan agreement if proposal
selected. This requirement may be waived at NASA's discretion based on
government needs and requirements at the time of selection.
Proposals should be no more than five pages in length and be
reproducible, since copies for the committee members will need to be
made. Electronic copies of the proposal are preferred, but not required.
Proposal Submission Deadline—Closed at this time
Proposals may be submitted via email, fax or by mail. It is the
responsibility of the submitter to verify that the proposal has been
Point of Contact for Inquiries and Submissions
All inquiries regarding this proposal, and proposal submissions, should
be directed to:
Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
300 E Street SW
Washington D.C., 20546
Fax: 202-358-3750, Phone: 202-358-0848.
Proposals will be selected on the basis of the creative and innovative
merit of the proposal, past experience, technical knowledge, outreach
potential, educational potential, both fiscal and schedule soundness,
alignment with NASA outreach and educational goals, and attraction of
NASA reserves the right to select the proposals deemed highly desirable
at any time after the closing of this Artifact Loan Opportunity. It also
reserves the right to request additional information from any or all of
these proposers along with an onsite or phone briefing by these
proposers. NASA also reserves the right to select multiple proposals for
award and not award all materials.
The selection committee consists of the following individuals or
representatives of these individuals: mission directorate outreach or
education coordinators (Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems,
Science, and Space Operations), NASA Artifacts manager, NASA Partnership
manager, NASA Art Program manager, NASA Informal Education manager, NASA
Legal, and NASA Property.
It is estimated that the announcement of selected proposals will be made
on or around two months from the submission deadline. The actual length
of this review will depend on the number of proposals received. All
proposers, either selected or not selected, will be notified of the
status of their proposal.
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