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CBD: NASA: Launch services for Space Technology 5 mission (ST5) – sources sought

By SpaceRef Editor
December 28, 2001
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[Commerce Business Daily: Posted in CBDNet on December 20, 2001]

[Printed Issue Date: December 24, 2001]

From the Commerce Business Daily Online via GPO Access




CLASSCOD: V–Transportation, Travel, and Relocation Services–Potential
Sources Sought

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


DUE 011502

POC Terrance W. Crowley, Contract Specialist, Phone (321) 867-7696,
Fax (321) 867-4848, Email –
David W. Wansley, Contracting Officer, Phone (321) 867-7346,
Fax (321) 867-1188, Email

DESC: NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is hereby soliciting information
for potential sources to provide launch services for NASA’s
Space Technology 5 (ST5) mission. This mission consists of
placing a three-satellite constellation into Geosynchronous
Transfer Orbit (GTO) to test methods for operating a constellation
of spacecraft as a single system. Each of the satellites will
weigh approximately 40 kg including spacecraft separation system,
with dimensions of 51 cm flat-to-flat octagon by 31 cm height
for the spacecraft. With the separation system in place the
octagon flat-to-flat dimension is 60 cm. Further details of
the ST5 mission are available on the Internet at
The ST5 mission is planned for launch in 2004 as a secondary
payload on an expendable launch vehicle.

Launch services are
defined as all hardware and services necessary to place the
payload into the defined GTO and include the launch vehicle
as well as payload/launch vehicle integration services, launch
preparations, and launch to GTO. NASA seeks a launch vehicle
that has demonstrated at least one successful flight in the
launch configuration to be used prior to NASA’s use. In reviewing
launch service capability, NASA will consider payload adapter
design and maturity, cost, manufacture schedule, date of first
available launch service commitment, demonstrated launch history,
and other launch service aspects. NASA’s intent is to utilize
existing commercial launch service capabilities and processes
to the maximum extent possible; however, NASA will also define
requirements for necessary oversight and data gathering functions.
Companies having the existing specialized capabilities to meet
the requirements described above for flight of secondary payloads
to GTO are encouraged to submit a capability statement indicating
their ability to perform the mission.

Responses must include
the following: name and address of firm, size of business;
average annual revenue for the past 3 years and number of employees;
ownership; whether they are large, small, small disadvantaged,
8(a), HUBZone, Veteran-owned, and/or woman-owned; number of
years in business; listing of relevant work performed during
the last three years, provide contract numbers, contract type,
dollar value of each, and point of contact – address and phone
number; and a description of the ST5 secondary payload opportunity
(2004 launch opportunities, firm contract in place, prior/planned
flight history, estimated secondary launch costs). Please advise
if the requirement is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type
product or service. A commercial item is defined in Internet
“Note A”. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes
only 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.

The Government reserves the
right to consider a small business or 8(a) set-aside based
on responses hereto. All information should be submitted via
e-mail or mail (Mailing address – JFK Space Center, NASA; Attn:
Terrance Crowley; Mail Code: OP-OS-ELV; KSC, FL 32899) no later
than January 15, 2002. In responding please refer to ST5. Any
referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL:

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of
the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be
synopsized on the Government wide point of entry (GPE) and
on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential
offerors’ responsibility to monitor these sites for the release
of any solicitation or synopsis. The GPE can be accessed via
the Internet at

LINKDESC: Click here for the latest information about this notice


EMAILDESC: Terrance W. Crowley

CITE: (D-354 SN5156O1)

SpaceRef staff editor.