Status Report

NASA Aerospace Research Manufacturing Development Consortium Market Survey

By SpaceRef Editor
May 23, 2003
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General Information

  • Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
  • Solicitation Number: 3-c3j-001
  • Posted Date: May 21, 2003
  • Original Response Date: Jun 21, 2003
  • Original Archive Date: May 21, 2004
  • Current Archive Date:
  • Classification Code: M — Operation of Government-owned facilities

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA/GRC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for Aerospace Research Manufacturing Development Consortium Market Survey Narrative The Glenn Research Center is seeking non-profit sources for an Aerospace Research Manufacturing Development Consortium. A key provision of the contract will be to provide, primarily, on site aerospace manufacturing research support to the scientific and engineering community at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The work required under this arrangement is in support of the Center?s Aeronautics Base Program, Aeronautics Program and Microgravity Science Research Program. The contractor will be responsible for the manufacture of developmental and prototype aerospace scientific and research hardware. State of the art manufacturing knowledge is required in order to develop untried manufacturing techniques for the production of this hardware relying on highly interactive coordination between the researchers and manufacturing personnel in order to accomplish projects involving aeronautics and space manufacturing. For instance, some manufacturing technologies involved in this initiative are for the manufacture of research instrumentation devices that detect pressure, strain, force and temperature, prototype model development, advanced manufacturing technologies such as advanced sensor development and application related to Microsystems and hostile environments, other rapid prototyping technologies such as ultra high speed machining and metallic and non-metallic laser deposition systems. The contractor is to develop unprecedented manufacturing methods and techniques to support and advance cutting edge aerospace research. The organization that performs this effort will be required to operate, to a large extent, from the Glenn Research Center due to the highly interactive concurrent engineering culture required to develop unprecedented advanced aerospace manufacturing breakthroughs and because of schedule and budgetary considerations. It is acceptable that tasks issued under this initiative will be shared by a partnership network or consortium so portions of projects can be manufactured on and off site. The supporting organization will be provided with some government furnished property (GFP) and access to the state of the art manufacturing equipment necessary to perform the functions stated above. As equipment becomes obsolete the consortium shall be responsible for providing state of the art enhancements utilizing its own funds negating the need for the Government to provide the GFP in the future. The possibility that enhanced use leasing of GFP to the consortium for commercial purposes may also be an option under this arrangement. The primary goal of the consortium is to provide a means of transferring government manufacturing corporate research knowledge to consortium members through participation in highly integrated NASA/consortium research teams. The consortium should endeavor to establish and maintain, through its member organizations, the required capability, and make it locally available to GRC into the foreseeable future. The Government envisions this development of sources for the future as being an important element of the organization?s effort. Interested sources should have developed objective relevant criteria for membership including small disadvantaged businesses and a realistic plan for encouraging new membership. The work is currently performed by civil service employees in the form of undefined developmental tasks requiring close collaboration with engineering technicians, engineers and scientific researchers. The consortium must have access to personnel that possess quasi manufacturing engineering skills. It is highly desirable that the key contractor personnel be affiliated with research and development programs of accredited academic institutions. Another key element of this consortium is the immediate transfer of cutting edge manufacturing technology to member private sector and academic partners to expedite the return on investment. The expected return is to grow the U.S. technology market in this area and thereby establish and maintain an essential capability locally available to GRC. The Government is seeking a source that has an established seasoned network of resources in research and development type manufacturing that is a mixture of academia, government and industry. Another important facet of this initiative is aerospace workforce development strategy. There is a collective concern in the U.S. domestic aerospace manufacturing industry that the skilled human capitol required to perform research and development manufacturing is rapidly deteriorating. A goal of this initiative is to develop a capability in the Northeast Ohio region of a highly skilled aerospace research manufacturing workforce. This goal is achieved through training and participation by consortium members in highly integrated NASA research and development teams to implant the technology advancements in the local research and development market. 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 indicating the ability to perform all aspects of the effort described herein. 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 number). Firms are encouraged to discuss their capabilities and the any technical questions with Casey Blaze, 216.433-2119, fax 216.433-3362, Please advise if the requirement is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type product. 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. 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 the above named person no later than 6-21-03. Please reference the title shown above in any response.

Original Point of Contact

Casey A. Blaze, Contracting Officer, Phone (216) 433-2119, Fax (216) 433-3362, Email Casey

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