Status Report

Ares 1 Upper Stage – Contract NNM07AB03C – CLIN 6 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Risk Mitigation

By SpaceRef Editor
October 27, 2009
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Synopsis – Oct 26, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: ARRA-NNM07AB03C
Posted Date: Oct 26, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 26, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: Yes
Original Response Date: N/A
Current Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 927110 – Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

NASA/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Procurement Office, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812


This is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 presolicitation notice which is for “informational purposes only,” as identified in FAR 5.704.

NASA/MSFC has a requirement to accelerate Ares I Upper Stage Design, Development, Test & Evaluation hardware and producibility support efforts necessary to reduce schedule risk under contract NNM07AB03C. This effort will include the following:

a) Procurement of the MSFC Vertical Assembly Tool (VAT).

b) Ares I Upper Stage Verification Planning and Analysis.

(1) Detailed Verification Objectives (DVO) for Ares I Upper Stage hardware.

(2) Test and Verification Requirements (TVR) for tests used to demonstrate performance or qualify Ares I Upper Stage hardware.

c) Accelerate preparation for Ares I Upper Stage Critical Design Review (CDR) and Design Certification Review (DCR) to include stress , loads, and thermal analyses to support delivery of engineering products for Ares I Upper Stage CDR and DCR.

d) Ares I Upper Stage Manufacturing Process Development.

(1) Weld development for Ares I Upper Stage test articles and accelerate training for manufacturing engineers and technicians.

(2) Acceleration of thruster module production readiness.

e) Accelerated procurement of Ares I Upper Stage CLIN 3 long lead item, Aluminum/Lithium (Al/Li) 2195 ingots, for use in for producing plate to be used in manufacturing elements of the Ares I Upper Stage.

f) Procurement of production tooling for the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF)and MSFC, focusing on tooling for common bulkhead production

NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the above items under contract NNM07AB03C. This action will be accomplished under authority of FAR 52.243-2, Changes-Cost Reimbursement. This action does not constitute a new requirement. Competition is impractical for the following reason:

a) Boeing is currently under contract and is intimately engaged in ongoing Ares I USP work. Therefore, to pursue an alternative candidate would be ineffective and disruptive to the Ares I USP activities.

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”.

Point of Contact

Name: Emmett V Hernandez
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 256-544-9605
Fax: 256-544-5028

Name: Kellie D. Craig
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 256-544-5906
Fax: 256-544-6062

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