NASA GRC Notice of Partnering Opportunity With NASA GRC for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program LRO Secondary Payload

Status Report From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Synopsis - Jan 25, 2006

Notice of Partnering Opportunity - Posted on Jan 25, 2006

General Information

Solicitation Number: RLEP-1GRC
Posted Date: Jan 25, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 25, 2006
Original Response Date: Feb 03, 2006
Current Response Date: Feb 03, 2006
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


The NASA Glenn Research Center will be posting a Notice of Partnering Opportunity, via the internet, and solicit information from potential partners to join with Glenn Research Center in preparing proposals in response to the anticipated NASA Headquarters’ Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP) internal call for small secondary payload proposals tentatively planned for release in February 2006. This notice is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract. The notice of opportunity is subject to revision or cancellation at any time without any obligation on the Government.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) has an opportunity to include a small secondary payload with the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scheduled for October 2008 reference: ESMD-RLEP-RFI-2006, posted via the internet at NASA is expected to solicit proposals internally from NASA field centers for existing or reasonably matured concepts that offer a cost-effective contribution to the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP). If a NASA field center proposal demonstrates a concept beneficial to RLEP, then NASA may select it for further development and eventual launch. The NASA internal proposal selection is expected to occur mid to late February 2006.

While NASA will serve as the prime entity for these internally-developed proposals, NASA is encouraging teaming between the field centers and industry. The notice of a partnering opportunity is intended to allow interested industry respondents to supply secondary payload concepts consistent with the instructions provided in the notice of opportunity. NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is issuing a notice of opportunity for the purpose of openly soliciting information from prospective partners regarding their availability, cost, capabilities, and past performance in relation to various space exploration systems, technologies, and capabilities for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Secondary Payload. The main purpose of the notice of opportunity will be to identify capable and experienced partners to join NASA GRC in proposal development, and if the GRC proposal is selected by NASA Headquarters, in execution of the proposal. Resultant contracts awarded to selected GRC partners are anticipated to range in value from $2M to $30M. GRC has the right to select more than one partner who meets the selection criteria. Once NASA GRC has selected its partners, no further competition will occur.

An ombudsman has been appointed -- See NASA Specific Note "B".

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/GRC Business Opportunities home page is

It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

All technical questions may be submitted in writing (e-mail or fax) or by telephone. Any technical questions should be directed to the technical point of contact. Business process related questions should be directed to the Contract Specialist.

Point of Contact

Name: Gary A Horsham
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (216) 433-8316
Fax: (216) 433-6667

Name: Kurt R. Brocone
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (216) 433-2884
Fax: (216) 433-5489

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