Status Report

NASA ARC Soliciation: SPHERES Ground and Flight Hardware System

By SpaceRef Editor
December 4, 2010
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Synopsis – Dec 01, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNA361096Q-AHT
Posted Date: Dec 01, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 01, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 16, 2010
Current Response Date: Dec 16, 2010
Classification Code: 59 — Electrical and electronic equipment components
NAICS Code: 336419 – Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


NASA/ ARC desires to transition technical and operational materials and knowledge from its developers to NASA/ ARC for sustaining engineering and operation of the Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Hardware System. In support of this effort, NASA/ ARC has an instant requirement for Seven (7) units SPHERES Ground System Hardware and One hundred (100) Units SPHERES Flight System Hardware with the following specifications:

1. One (1) SPHERES Ground System Hardware consists with the following: * One Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Module o Sundance DSP Module SMT375 (Same Model as currently used in flight SPHERES Satellite) * Delivery for SPHERE Ground System Hardware instructions: o All units delivered within ten (10) weeks of award. o Hold at AFS facility and Provide Letter of Receipt and Acceptance to NASA Ames Research Center. 2. One (1) SPHERES Flight System Hardware consists of the following: * One (1) SPHERES Flight certified Battery Pack o Battery Pack- part number SPH-1-0800-020 o Flight Certification Documentation: -Battery Specification Sheet -Battery Vendor MSDS -Battery Pack Materials List -Battery Board Test Activity Logs -Cell-Level Vacuum Test Logs -Battery Pack Thermal Test Logs -Hardware Assembly and Inspection Log -Hardware Certificate of Compliance * Delivery for SPHERES Flight certified Battery Pack instructions: o All units delivered within ten (10) weeks of award. Phased delivery acceptable. Minimum quantity per delivery 25 Units. o Delivery Battery Packs and Flight Certification Hardware to NASA Ames Research Center.

NASA/ ARC intends to procure these items on a non-competitive basis from Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS). In accordance with FAR 13.106-1(b)(1), AFS is determined to be the only source reasonably available given the proprietary and time-sensitive circumstances of the action. AFS (jointly with MIT) is the original designer and manufacturer of the SPHERES Ground and Flight Systems Hardware.

The flight certified battery packs, the design and fabrication process of which are proprietary to AFS, are urgently needed to meet the proposed launch schedule. The Sundance DSP Module SMT375 is a long lead sub-component to be held at AFS for incorporation into the SPHERES Ground test satellite and electronic stack test-beds. This model is specifically required because it is critical that the ground test hardware used to perform verification and validation of the flight software is identical to the flight hardware currently used aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sundance no longer produces DSP Modules but dues to an existing relationship with AFS, Sundance will manufacture the remaining required units within the required schedule.

Although the Government does not anticipate competition, interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort via email to the identified point of contact no later than 10 a.m. local time on December 16, 2010. Such capabilities/ qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis,

The NAICS Code and Standard Size are 336419 and 1,000 employees respectively.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Huy T Ton
Title: Buyer
Phone: 650-604-0166
Fax: 650-604-3020

Name: Bethany A McClave
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-3747
Fax: 650-604-3020

SpaceRef staff editor.