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NASA GRC Solicitation: 2011 EVA DRATS Testing Program: Head Mounted Displays

By SpaceRef Editor
June 1, 2011
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NASA GRC Solicitation: 2011 EVA DRATS Testing Program: Head Mounted Displays

Synopsis – Jun 01, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC11384387Q
Posted Date: Jun 01, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 01, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jun 06, 2011
Current Response Date: Jun 06, 2011
Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services
NAICS Code: 541511 – Custom Computer Programming Services

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GRC has a requirement for a 2011 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Desert RATS Testing Program with stand-alone evaluation of commercial and military goggle HMDs (Head Mounted Displays).

NASA/GRC intends to purchase the items from Honeywell International, INC, 19019 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona.

Honeywell has previous experience with DRATS test protocols and program requirements making it most qualified as test coordinator. DRATS HMD field-testing is scheduled for late August 2011, and dry run testing is scheduled throughout July of 2011. These dates will not change since it is a multi-center program that relies on support from many areas. The use of another vendor as the test coordinator will impact the current schedule and create a significant risk that could jeopardize the success of HMD testing, jeopardize the GRC project milestones and deliverables, and would result in significantly higher costs to the Government. Honeywell was used in previous DRATS efforts last year and this effort is a follow-on activity. Considerable upfront coordination and engineering has already been done to have agreements in place for the usage/loan of both HDMs. This includes considerable customization of HMD electronics for compatibility with DRATS information systems.

If the Government were to use another vendor, it would require a least a month for the vendor to be brought up to speed on the DRATS interfaces, test objectives, and expectations, and at least two more weeks for NASA to evaluate the vendor’s hardware. With the inflexible schedule, the cost of this procurement would be two to three times more expensive as a new vendor would be required to put in more hours up-front to try to make up for lost schedule. This would slip the schedule at least two weeks and leaves zero time to complete a Draft Test Plan in time for JSC to concur on that test plan and for NASA GRC to conduct the JSC Dry Run.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12 and the Simplified Acquisition Procedures set forth in FAR Part 13.

The Sole Source is under the authority of FAR Reference 13.106-1(b)1.

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 6, 2011. 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.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Kirk Seablom. He can be reached via email at

Point of Contact

Name: Angela M Anderson
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 216-433-5212
Fax: 216-433-2884

Name: Timothy C. Pierce
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-2147
Fax: 216-433-5489

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