NASA Sole Source Extension of Contract NNG05EC87C for LRO LAMP Instrument

Status Report From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Synopsis - Nov 14, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: LRO-SwRI-Contract-Extension
Posted Date: Nov 14, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 14, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 29, 2012
Current Response Date: Nov 29, 2012
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 517919

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a requirement for the continuation of Contract NNG05EC87C with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) for flight operations and science analyses of the Lyman-Alpha Mapping Photometer (LAMP) instrument, which is a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind instrument, aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. SwRI is currently performing both the instrument operations, which includes spacecraft operations planning, scheduling, and engineering parameter review and trending, as well as the science operations which includes initiating all commands to the instrument, planning all instrument modes and turn-ons, and data dissemination to the co-investigators and to the general scientific community through the Planetary Data System (PDS).

NASA/GSFC intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to SwRI. The estimated period of performance of this cost-plus-fixed-fee (CPFF) contract extension will be for 2-years from March 16, 2013 through March 15, 2015.

SwRI is the only organization currently qualified to perform the subject requirement for the following reasons: 1) Only SwRI possesses the high level scientific expertise, the detailed design, test and operation knowledge of the LAMP instrument and LRO spacecraft, and the capability to integrate the science operations and science data analysis including targeting; 2) SwRI scientists and engineers are unique in their familiarity with the LAMP instrument design, testing and calibration as well as the LRO spacecraft since the organization designed, fabricated, calibrated, tested, and integrated the LAMP instrument for the LRO spacecraft, including at the spacecraft level after delivery to LRO; 3) SwRI has developed unique software for: testing the instrument on-orbit, generating calibration target selection, checking telemetry received for health and safety of the LAMP instrument, processing the raw scientific data in order for scientist to be able to manipulate, display, and analyze it and producing summary data. Since no other organization was involved with these activities on an in-depth level, no other organization currently has the knowledge and experience to perform the requirement.

Statutory authority for this procurement is 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1)--Only One Responsible Source. However, organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedules supported by this work should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on November 29, 2012. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note "B". Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Joel Rivera
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-286-3815
Fax: 301-286-1773

Name: Julie A. Janus
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-4931
Fax: 301-286-0341

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