Status Report

NASA ARC Solicitation: Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support

By SpaceRef Editor
April 24, 2007
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Synopsis – Apr 24, 2007

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: 4200190879-AMB
Posted Date: Apr 24, 2007
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 24, 2007
Original Response Date: May 09, 2007
Current Response Date: May 09, 2007
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/ARC has a requirement for Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support (ISRDS). The requirement is to provide technical support to perform research, and development in the area of computer science technologies for NASA. It will consist of supporting the Exploration Technology Development Program’s research in particular areas that include autonomous systems (e.g., adaptive control, planning and scheduling, robotics, planetary visualization systems), decision support systems (e.g., mission operations), reliable software (e.g., program synthesis, and verification of the crew exploration vehicle control software), intelligent diagnostics and prognostics (e.g. modeling faults and failure modes and propagating them in time), data mining (e.g., identifying classes, and predicting recurring anomalies), and information management (e.g., collaborative and distributed knowledge management for NASA programs). Additional required capabilities include:

– the ability to sponsor H1-B research scientists

– access to multiple universities and other research organizations for their skills and expertise in areas needed to support the Agency needs

– mission operations support at different Centers including JSC, JPL and KSC for the Constellation program under the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD)

– knowledge of the Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) is required. Specific capabilities required include robust software engineering, requiring expertise in formal methods and algorithms to assess the accuracy of flight level code.

NASA/ARC intends to purchase these services from Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to perform work under the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) to maintain an essential engineering, research, or development capability to be provided by an educational or other nonprofit institution. Support will be provided for several major projects under the Exploration Technology Develoopment Program as well as under an Internal Task Agreement (ITA) with JSC in which the upcoming milestones are crucial. These services will be required until September 2008 after which time a full and open competition for these and potentially other requirements is anticipated. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 12:30 p.m. local time on May 9, 2007. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Deborah E. Glass
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-3747
Fax: 650-604-3952

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