Status Report

NASA GRC Sole Source Task Order Extension for Analysis of Unsteady Rocket Based Combined Cycle Propulsion Concepts

By SpaceRef Editor
December 9, 2010
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Synopsis – Dec 02, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCH008R
Posted Date: Dec 02, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 02, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 20, 2010
Current Response Date: Dec 20, 2010
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 927110 – Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) has a requirement for the continuation of Contract/Task Order NNC08TA48T with Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) Analysis of Unsteady Rocket-Based Combined-Cycle Propulsion Concepts. This requirement will support the Design and Analysis of Pulse-Detonation Rocket-Based Combined-Cycle (PDRBCC) Propulsion System. Multi-Dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of the PDRBCC launch vehicle flowpath developed by OAI shall be performed using a validated CFD code to determine system performance from lift-off through orbital insertion. Flowpath performance optimization is to be performed based on CFD results, with interim results to be reported at the 2011 JANNAF propulsion conference. Propulsion performance data will be used in low-cost access-to-space system studies to be performed by NASA starting in 2012.

NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to Ohio Aerospace Institute. Pursuant to FAR 13.106-1(b)(1), the acquisition of the reference services are determined to be available from only one source.

The estimated period of performance of this fixed price task order extension will be for twelve months from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. OAI is the only organization currently qualified to perform the subject requirement for the following reasons: 1) Unique concept being studied was developed by OAI, which has filed an invention disclosure. No other organization has personnel experienced with the design details of this unique, complex concept. 2) Analysis must be performed using a validated computer code. The only code that has ever been validated for this analysis is an OAI developed code only available at OAI. Work required to validate another code would cause delays in performing the required analysis, in turn delaying the planned FY 12 NASA systems study.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedules supported by this work should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. 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 December 20, 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. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

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

Point of Contact

Name: Saundra R. Gage
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-2754
Fax: 216-433-2480

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