Status Report

CBD: Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory/Space Vehicle Mockup

By SpaceRef Editor
July 6, 2001
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[Commerce Business Daily: Posted in CBDNet on July 6, 2001]

[Printed Issue Date: July 10, 2001]

From the Commerce Business Daily Online via GPO Access




CLASSCOD: 99–Miscellaneous–Potential Sources Sought

OFFADD: NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696,
Mail Code: BH


SOL 9-BH13-46-01-26P

DUE 073101

POC Keith D. Hutto, Contracting Officer, Phone (281) 483-4165,
Fax (281) 244-5337, Email

DESC: NASA/JSC is hereby soliciting information for potential
sources and seeking capabilities from large business, small
business(SB), small disadvantaged business(SDB), HUB Zone and
women-owned small businesses (WOB) for the purposes of determining
the appropriate level of competition and/or small business
subcontracting goals for the anticipated competition of the
Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory/space Vehicle Mockup Facility (NBL/SVMF)
Contract. The potential contract will combine support activities
for the NBL and the SVMF. This support is currently being provided
through a single contract. The scope of work to be accomplished
is to operate, maintain, and provide sustaining engineering
for two key human space flight training facilities located
at NASA’s Johnson space Center, Houston TX. The facilities
are the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and the space Vehicle
Mockup Facility (SVMF).

The NBL is a part of the Sonny Carter
Training Facility (SCTF). The SCTF is located on space Center
Boulevard, near Ellington airfield, approximately 5 miles from
JSC. The NBL provides neutral buoyancy support to the space
Shuttle Program (SSP), International space Station (ISS), and
future space programs. Extravehicular activity (spacewalk)
and intravehicular activity (inside a pressurized on-orbit
vehicle) simulations are performed at the NBL in support of
astronaut crew training, real-time mission support, procedure
development and verification, crew capabilities and workload
limit evaluations, hardware design, validation, and development,
Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) training,
and crew bailout training. The facility centers on a 202-foot
long, 102-foot wide, and 40 -foot deep-water tank that has
standard filtering, chlorinating, and pumping subsystems as
a part of its water treatment system. Additional NBL systems
include an environmental control system, a breathing gas system,
a closed circuit television system, a communications system,
multiple crane systems, robotic systems, a hyperbaric treatment
chamber system, and a diver voice communication system. The
facility also contains adequate administrative space and provisions
for technical support functions, Extravehicular activity (EVA)
suit support functions, test control room support, utility
support, mockup support, and medical support.

The SVMF, located
in Building 9N and 9NW at the JSC, contains a full scale space
Station mockup, three space Shuttle trainers, Russian mockups,
two air bearing facilities, a partial gravity simulator, and
various part-task mockups and trainers. The High Bay area of
Building 9N is 57 feet high and covers 21,250 square feet.
Two overhead bridge cranes each have one 20-ton capacity hook
and one 5-ton capacity hook. Pressurized breathing air, for
use in space suits, is available from K-bottles located in
the building. Two large suit-changing rooms are located in
the central part of the building. Audio and video links exist
between most facilities in the SVMF and other buildings on
site. An elevated enclosed walkway along the north wall provides
visitors a view of the daily activities. No solicitation exists;
therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation.

If a
solicitation is released, it will be synopsized in the CBD
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. While the Government acknowledges
that many companies have the capability to perform any one
or even several of these functions, the Government expects
to contract with a firm that has the overall capability to
manage this complex effort, including critical services.

Government is requesting from interested large, SB’s, SDB’s,
WOB’s, and HUB Zone businesses a capability statement of three
pages or less indicating the ability to perform all or parts
of the effort described herein. JSC is an ISO 9000 and OSHA
VPP Star certified site; and consequently, interested parties
will need to address experience working within these environments
Responses must include the following: name and address of firm,
size of business; average annual revenue for past 3 years and
number of employees; ownership; whether they are large, small,
small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, and/or woman-owned; number
of years in business; affiliate information: parent company,
joint venture partners, potential teaming partners, prime contractor
(if potential sub) or subcontractors (if potential prime);
list of customers covering the past five years (highlight relevant
work performed, contract numbers, contract type, dollar value
of each procurement; and point of contact – address and phone

Please advise if the requirement is considered to
be a commercial or commercial-type product.

A commercial item
is defined in Internet “Note A”. 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.
The Government reserves the right to consider a small business
or 8(a) set-aside based on responses hereto.

All responses
shall be submitted to Keith Hutto no later than July 31, 2001.
In responding reference 9-BH13-46-01-26P. Any referenced notes
can be viewed at the following URL:
LINKDESC: Click here for the latest information about this notice
EMAILDESC: Keith D. Hutto
CITE: (D-187 SN50R0W6)

SpaceRef staff editor.