Status Report

NASA GSFC Solicitation: Institute for Space Robotics

By SpaceRef Editor
September 6, 2005
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Synopsis – Sep 01, 2005

Solicitation – Posted on Sep 01, 2005

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNG05121385C
Posted Date: Sep 01, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: NAIS only
Original Response Date: Oct 31, 2005
Current Response Date: Oct 31, 2005
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Cooperative Agreement for the Institute for Space Robotics. The Cooperative Agreement Notice is expected to be issued late August 2005.

This Cooperative Agreement is to create a center of excellence for dexterous robotics technology between GSFC and the recipient to perform: research in dexterous manipulators; dissemination of research results; and public outreach. Researchers in the ISR are all expected to work collaboratively with civil servants at GSFC. The ISR is also expected to become a vehicle to increase the involvement of the university community.

The Recipient’s role in the ISR will be to work with GSFC to a) develop gap-filling technologies for dexterous space robotics and related ground stations through breadboard validation, b) perform environmental testing for these space technologies, c) perform system-level performance measurements using integrated high-fidelity dexterous robot testbeds, and d) quantify and report on the resulting robot capabilities for use in NASA programs. The Recipient of this cooperative agreement will establish university and industry partnerships as necessary to provide best-in-class key technologies that are needed to satisfy ISR objectives. The estimated value of this agreement is approximately $45M not to exceed 5 years.

Collaboration among Goddard engineers and the private sector is best accomplished through the use of a cooperative agreement. Only educational institutions and non-profit organizations shall submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

The Cooperative Agreement Notice and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is

Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Goddard intends to issue a final Cooperative Agreement Notice late August 2005. No draft will be issued and proposals will be due 60 days after the release of the Cooperative Agreement Notice.

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

All contractual technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail or fax). Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Name: Sandra L Marshall
Title: Procurement Manager
Phone: (301) 286-8085
Fax: (301) 286-1670

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