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NASA ARC Solicitation: Rapid Response Space Works and Modular Space Vehicles RRSW-MVS

By SpaceRef Editor
October 10, 2009
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NASA ARC Solicitation: Rapid Response Space Works and Modular Space Vehicles RRSW-MVS

Synopsis – Oct 09, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNA09308164R
Posted Date: Oct 09, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 09, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 09, 2009
Current Response Date: Nov 09, 2009
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/ARC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office to procure the Rapid Response Space Works and Modular Space Vehicles (RRSW/MVS).

This pre-solicitation notice is issued to replace the Request for Information Synopsis “Rapid Response Space Works-Formerly Known as Chile Works” Reference number NNA09ORS001L posted July 17, 2009, which will be archived on October 23, 2009.

The tentative RRSW/MSV schedule is:

  • Issuance of Draft RFP – October 16, 2009;
  • Industry Day – Oct 27, 2009;
  • Comments on Draft Document Due – Nov 9, 2009;
  • Final solicitation – Nov 23, 2009;
  • Proposals Due – 45 days following issuance of final RFP;
  • Contract award – March 2010

Industry day will be held at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information will be posted at a later date.

Schedule and other information about major upcoming ARC procurement actions is available at

Overall Scope of Requirements: The Rapid Response Space Works (RRSW) and Modular Space Vehicle (MSV) procurement has two primary objectives. The first objective is to standup initial operations of the RRSW. This objective creates the ability for the ORS Office to meet its “Deploy” mission capability of rapidly deploying capabilities to the warfighter within days to weeks. The second objective is to procure, outside of the RRSW, modular multi-mission space vehicles and/or buses and payloads for the RRSW. The first planned procurement under the MSV award is a task order for a modular Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite (SARSat). In close cooperation and coordination with the RRSW and ORS Office, modular spacecraft will be designed, integrated, tested, launched, and will be controlled and operated to meet the RRSW responsive concept. The architecture developed for these responsive, modular spacecraft will be designed in such a way as to allow flexibility to meet multiple missions with minimal changes within the basic design. The spacecraft architecture will include a multi-mission, modular bus design and multi-mission, modular payload designs (mission kits will include electro-optical (EO) and radio frequency (RF) payloads).

The work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NASA/ARC is planning a solicitation with multiple contracts to be awarded. One award for a single IDIQ contract for the stand-up and initial operations of the RRSW and a multiple award IDIQ for modular space vehicles, buses, and payloads. We anticipate the RRSW award would be a 5 year IDIQ contract that consists of a 3 year base with two one-year options. Additionally, we anticipate awarding multiple five-year Modular Space Vehicle IDIQ contracts to the most qualified contractors capable of providing the modular space vehicles, buses and modular payloads to meet the ORS mission set. Both of these efforts are planned to be International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restricted and operate at least at a DoD Secret level. The individual task orders on the multiple IDIQ contracts will specify the mission requirement, whether the call is for a space vehicle, or just a payload or bus, and will establish the period of performance.

Contractor Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) Plans will be evaluated in their ability to mitigate interactions and potential conflicts between RRSW and MSV contracts.

The NAICS Code is 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) with Size Standard: 1000 employees, under the exception of Space Vehicles and Guided Missiles, their Propulsion Units, their Propulsion Units Parts, and their Auxiliary Equipment and Parts

An ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement 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 page is

Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. In your notification indicate if your interest is in submitting an offer for the RRSW or MSV requirements, or for both. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Patricia B. Hudson
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-3001
Fax: 650-604-4646

Name: Kelly G Kaplan
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-5814
Fax: 650-604-0912

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