Status Report

NASA GRC Solicitation: Technical Support for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion System

By SpaceRef Editor
February 18, 2011
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Synopsis – Feb 18, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC11371107Q
Posted Date: Feb 18, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 18, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Feb 25, 2011
Current Response Date: Feb 25, 2011
Classification Code: R — Professional, administrative, and mgmt support services
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

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



NASA/GRC has a requirement for continued support and guidance in the ongoing effort to prepare a plan for the development of a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion system.

NASA/GRC intends to purchase this continued support from Renmar Enterprises, Inc., 1429 Clyde Drive, Naperville, IL 60565-1309.

Dr. Samit Bhattacharyya, President of this firm, has been part of the initial team which includes the Department of Energy, other NASA Center personnel, and private industry. These previous studies and combined efforts of all will produce early designs based on a significant existing database and would rely to a large extent on non-nuclear tests and focused nuclear tests in order to minimize cost and maximize effectiveness.

Dr. Bhattacharyya has previously provided us with program planning support for NASA’s Fission Surface Power effort. His support and work in this area along with over twenty years of experience with Nuclear Thermal Propulsion gives him a unique understanding and knowledge of the current studies related to our Agency.

In his past position as Director of Research at the Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Bhattacharyya was involved in the development of ceramic-metallic (cermet) fuels. He authored a technical memorandum on NTP fuel options which included extensive references. He also held the position as Director of the Savannah River National Laboratory. These combined positions have given him much experience in a wide variety of areas related to Nuclear Thermal Propulsion.

Due to the background experience and initial work already started in the beginning stages of support for the development of this system we would like to have Dr. Bhattacharyya and his firm continue with the next phases. To begin this process with any other vendor would not be cost effective to the government both in time and money.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial service 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 Part 13.106-1(b)1.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is KIRK D. SEABLOM GRC Orion Project Planning and Control Lead Phone: (216) 433-5593 Fax: (216) 433-8000

Point of Contact

Name: Loretta A Novakovic
Title: Buyer
Phone: 216-433-5789
Fax: 216-433-5489

Name: Dorothy E Viancourt
Title: Purchasing
Phone: 216-433-2532
Fax: 216-433-5489

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