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NASA KSC Solicitation: Cubesat-Class Payload Launch Services

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Synopsis - Apr 03, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNK13ZLS003L
Posted Date: Apr 03, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 03, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Apr 15, 2013
Current Response Date: Apr 15, 2013
Classification Code: V -- Transportation, travel, and relocation services
NAICS Code: 336414

Contracting Office Address

NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Description

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for CubeSat-Class Payload launch services. A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized space research satellite that typically uses commercial, off-the-shelf electronic components. The CubeSats flown by NASA are primarily developed by a variety of educational and Governmental organizations. NASA/KSC is seeking capability statements from all interested small businesses, including Small, Small Disadvantaged (SDB), 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Veteran Owned (VOSB), Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SD-VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) businesses, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Institutions (MI) for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition for CubeSat-Class Payload launch services. The Government reserves the right to consider a Small, 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Service Disabled Veteran (SD-VOSB), or HUBZone business set-aside based on responses hereto. The NAICS code for this requirement is 336414 with a size standard of 1000 employees.

It is anticipated that this procurement will consider domestic sources only as Public Law 105-303, 51 U.S.C 50131, et. seq., states that the Federal Government shall acquire space transportation services from United States commercial providers whenever such services are required in the course of its activities.

The launch service shall be capable of delivering a total mass of between 15kg-150kg to a minimum orbital altitude of 425km with a launch inclination from 0 to 98 degrees. The contractor will be responsible for performance of launch vehicle advance planning and analysis; as well as design, development, production, integration, and testing required to provide the launch services appropriate to transport these payloads to a desired orbit. There are multiple CubeSat configurations based on the 1U form factor such as a 2U (22cm x 10cm x 10cm), 3U (34cm x 10cm x 10cm), 6U (34cm x 20cm x 10cm) etc. The minimum launch service shall have the capability to launch three Government provided (3 - 3U) Cubesat-Class payloads, with the offeror determining the total number or mass that the launch vehicle will be able to accommodate. Launch is anticipated in the 2016 timeframe, however it could be earlier if the provider is ready. The launch service provider will be responsible for obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license and securing any necessary Range assets for the launch.

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offeror's responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

Interested offerors/vendors having the required specialized capabilities to meet the above requirement should submit a capability statement of 10 pages or less indicating the ability to perform all aspects of the effort described herein. It is not sufficient to provide only general brochures or generic information.

Responses must include the following: 1) Company name and address; 2) Business size classification (Small, Small Disadvantaged (SDB), 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Veteran Owned (VOSB), Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SD-VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) businesses, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Institutions (MI) including the number of employees and the number of years in business; 3) Provide information demonstrating technical capability and submit a maximum of 5 government or commercial contracts in the last 5 years demonstrating your relevant experience under NAICS 336414; In addition to the description of the contracts also include contract numbers, contract type, dollar value of each procurement, and point of contact - address and phone number; and 4) Include a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimate of the fixed price of one launch service and the amount of CubeSats that the vehicle can transport to a minimum orbital altitude of 425km with a launch inclination from 0 to 98 degrees.

This requirement is considered to be a commercial service and will be in accordance with FAR part 12. A commercial item is defined in FAR 2.101.

This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement. All responses shall be submitted via email to Rob Wolfinger (rob.wolfinger@nasa.gov) no later than April 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm local time. Please reference NNK13ZLS003L in any response. Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Rob Wolfinger
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 321-867-8592
Fax: 321-867-2825
Email: Rob.Wolfinger@nasa.gov

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