Status Report

NASA ARC Solicitation: Support Services for Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites “SPHERES”

By SpaceRef Editor
September 25, 2010
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Synopsis – Sep 24, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNA11SPHERES-EMS
Posted Date: Sep 24, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 24, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 07, 2010
Current Response Date: Oct 07, 2010
Classification Code: C — Architect and engineering services
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA ARC has a requirement for engineering support services for the transition of technical and operational material and knowledge from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to NASA ARC for sustaining engineering and operation of the Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) hardware and software systems. NASA desires to transform the SPHERES small satellite systems resident on International Space Station (ISS) in orbit, into a National Laboratory Facility for use by a wide variety of researchers and educators. To do this, NASA HQs has directed NASA ARC to work with the SPHERES systems developer, MIT, to quickly become capable of maintaining, scheduling, and operating the SPHERES flight and ground systems.

NASA ARC intends to purchase the services from MIT. MIT is the original developer of the SPHERES hardware and software systems. As these systems are research tools, and no technical information on the design or software has been published publicly, no other capable source exists able to provide the technical information in order to enable ARC to successfully maintain and operate the SPHERES systems.

The Government does not intend 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 10:00 a.m. local time on October 7, 2010. 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 FAR Supplement Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Lewis Braxton, NASA Ames Research Center, M/S 200-9, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001.

Information about major upcoming ARC procurement actions is available at

Point of Contact

Name: Elizabeth M. Sanchez
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 650-604-5053
Fax: 650-604-0932

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

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