Status Report

NASA ARC Solicitation: Property Characterization of NASA TPS Materials

By SpaceRef Editor
June 11, 2012
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Synopsis – May 30, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNA12437587Q
Posted Date: May 30, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 30, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jun 15, 2012
Current Response Date: Jun 15, 2012
Classification Code: H — Quality control, testing and inspection services
NAICS Code: 541380

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001


NASA/ARC has a requirement for high quality and high accuracy material property characterization of NASA thermal protection system (TPS) materials, including the following testing: 1) thermal conductivity over a range of pressures by guarded hot plate, comparative longitudinal heat flow, radial inflow; 2) specific heat by adiabatic drop calorimetry or differential scanning calorimetry; 3) thermal expansion; 4) tensile strength, strain to failure and modulus; 5) compression strength, strain to failure and modulus; 6) shear strength; 6) gas permeability; and 7) additional material characterization and testing as needed for project requirements.

The contractor is required to have the facilities, staff and technical expertise to perform all of the above listed work at the required level of quality assurance in order to meet critical NASA project milestones.

NASA/ARC intends to purchase the services from Southern Research Institute of Birmingham, AL, in accordance with 10 USC 2304(c)(1), the only known responsible source for these items, and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Southern Research Institute is the only source identified that meets all of NASA’s requirements. NASA intends to award an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with a five year period of performance, from which firm fixed price task orders will be issued for testing requirements as they become needed.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on June 15, 2012. 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.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at .

Information about major upcoming ARC procurement actions is available at

Point of Contact

Name: Marianne Shelley
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-4179
Fax: 650-604-3020

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