Status Report

NASA GSFC Partnership Opportunity: ESTO In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies Demonstration Missions

By SpaceRef Editor
October 18, 2012
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Synopsis – Oct 17, 2012

InVEST POD – Posted on Oct 17, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: InVEST_POD
Posted Date: Oct 17, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 17, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 25, 2012
Current Response Date: Oct 25, 2012
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 481212
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.Y, Greenbelt, MD 20771


This Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) is in association with the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) program competition released as Appendix A.48 of the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) Omnibus solicitation on February 14, 2012 and amended on September 13, 2012.

NASA’s GSFC is considering multiple missions on CubeSat platforms to conduct In-Space Validation of Earth Science technology. This POD is being issued to select a teaming partner to help prepare the GSFC’s InVEST candidate mission concept for proposal development and submittal. As noted in the NRA, proposers are responsible for providing their own access to space within two years of the start of an investigation that begins nominally on May 1, 2013. GSFC is seeking partners who can provide timely access to space, and possibly spacecraft, spacecraft subsystems, mission operations, and data transmission.

GSFC teams will be submitting InVEST proposals in November 2012. The following schedule is estimated based on the InVEST NRA:

Proposal due November 27, 2012

Award Date May 1, 2013 (Target)

Launch Readiness Date May 1, 2015 (Target)

Expected End of May 1, 2016 Validation period

Responses to this POD shall:

1) Be in a presentation format (viewgraphs) that shall not exceed 15 pages. The font size for the text shall be no smaller than 12 point; 2) Be specific about the capabilities offered; and 3) Address all requirements noted in sections 3 and 4 of the attached document.

Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such.

Specific instructions for submitting responses is provided in the attached document. There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the proposal cycle. Partner selections will be made by NASA GSFC based on the listed criteria in the attached document.

Potential respondents are asked to contact GSFC as soon as possible after release of this document with a response including capabilities in the areas sought.

The respondents shall deliver the requested information in a presentation format. Final presentation packages must be received by 5:00 pm EDT, on Oct. 25, 2012. Please provide an electronic version of the presentation in PDF format and deliver it via email to:

David Leisawitz Code 605 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 8800 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, MD 20771

There are no oral question/answer sessions planned after package submission. The expectation is that the GSFC evaluation team would have all the information needed to make a selection in the presentation slides.

The requested information through this POD is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that GSFC will solicit the submitter for a procurement of any related effort in the future. GSFC will not be responsible for any costs incurred by submitters in furnishing this information.

Technical and Programmatic questions regarding this partnership opportunity should be directed to David Leisawitz at

The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel, 5.0, or PowerPoint 4.0) format.

It is offeror’s responsibility to monitor this site for the release of amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of amendments, if any.

Point of Contact

Name: Maria L McNamee
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-4988
Fax: 301-286-5373

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