Status Report

Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Processing Capability for Calipso and Cloudsat Satellites

By SpaceRef Editor
December 16, 2003
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General Information

  • Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
  • Solicitation Number: 04-KTE-001
  • Posted Date: Dec 16, 2003
  • Original Response Date: Dec 31, 2003
  • Original Archive Date: Dec 16, 2004
  • Current Archive Date:
  • Classification Code: X — Lease or rental of facilities

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/KSC plans to issue a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for payload processing capability necessary to support the CALIPSO/CloudSat mission. CALIPSO/CloudSat mission hardware consists of two satellites, Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) and Cloud Satellite (CloudSat), and a Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF) currently scheduled for launch aboard a Delta II Medium Class expendable launch vehicle (ELV) in January 2005. The requirement is to provide the processing facility and processing support services necessary to prepare the satellites for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California. Processing activity at the successful offeror’s site is expected to begin mid October 2004. More detailed schedules and requirements definitions will be contained in the RFQ. This procurement is being conducted under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP). The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR PART 12. The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 541710 and 1500, respectively. The DPAS Rating is DO-C9. The anticipated release date of RFQ-04-KTE-001 is on or about January 16, 2004 with an anticipated quote due date of on or about February 16, 2004. All responsible sources may submit a quote which shall be considered by the agency. An ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”. The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will be in Microsoft Office 2000 format and will reside on a World-Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/KSC Business Opportunities page is Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below. All contractual and technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail or FAX to 321-867-4848) to Lynn E. Rafford, Contracting Officer, not later than December 31, 2003. Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Original Point of Contact

Lynn E. Rafford, Contract Specialist, Phone (321) 867-7364, Fax (321) 867-4848, Email – Terrance W. Crowley, Contract Specialist, Phone (321) 867-7696, Fax (321) 867-4848, Email

Email your questions to Lynn E. Rafford at

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