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NASA ARC Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Lunar Dust Analysis Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
September 20, 2008
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NASA ARC Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Lunar Dust Analysis Mission

Synopsis – Sep 19, 2008

Partnership Opportunity Document – Posted on Sep 19, 2008 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: 2008-SALMONPOD-LD
Posted Date: Sep 19, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 19, 2008
Original Response Date: Oct 03, 2008
Current Response Date: Oct 03, 2008
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) plans to develop an instrument for measuring the chemical reactivity of lunar dust, and plans to submit a proposal for this instrument development in response to the recent Stand ALone Mission of Opportunity (SALMON) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). ARC will target the “Lunar and Planetary Science Partner Missions of Opportunity” program element of the SALMON AO. The cost cap for this SALMON program element is $35 million (total mission cost). NASA expects to select multiple SALMON proposals, depending on funds available, with the commencement of funding to be in September 2009. The purpose of this Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) is to identify two partners to support the entire mission, beginning with preparation of a NASA ARC-led proposal in response to the SALMON AO. Specifically, ARC is looking to identify two partners to provide: a) Studies of lunar dust grain mechanics, to support development of lunar dust sampling hardware; and b) Design concepts for a lunar dust sample acquisition, handling and distribution system (L-SAHD). If the ARC-led proposal is funded, the teaming partners will also become partners in carrying out the project work.

The AO schedule is: AO released September 3rd, 2008 Notice of Intent due October 15th, 2008 Proposals due December 3rd, 2008 The SALMON AO may be found on-line, at

Please see attached Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) for complete details and instructions on how to respond.

This synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited.

All responsible sources may submit a response which shall be considered by the agency.

All contractual or technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail or fax). Telephone questions will not be accepted.

It is the potential partners responsibility to monitor this cite for the release of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments (if any). Potential partners will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments, if any. Any documents related to this opportunity will be available over the Internet. These documents 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/ARC Business Opportunities home page is

An ombudsman has been appointed. See Internet Note “B”.

Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL: .

Point of Contact

Name: Rachel Khattab
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-5237
Fax: 650-604-0932

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