Status Report

NASA GSFC Solicitation: Pointing System for ISS X-Ray Telescope Instrument

By SpaceRef Editor
September 20, 2012
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Synopsis – Sep 19, 2012

Partnership Opportunity Document – Posted on Sep 19, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: 104-2012
Posted Date: Sep 19, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 19, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 03, 2012
Current Response Date: Oct 03, 2012
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GSFC is seeking a partner to provide a pointing system to be used with an X-ray telescope for a potential proposal. The potential GSFC MoO instrument is designed to meet the science goals of the Explorer Program, as currently understood.

GSFC instrument teams will be submitting proposals to the Explorers AO currently scheduled for release in Fall 2012. The AO will be a single-step process with proposals due 90 days after release. Information on the release of the AO can be found at: . While the AO schedule cannot be specified at this time, the following information is from the Community Announcement on Astrophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity:

AO release September 14, 2012 Preproposal Conference 2 weeks after AO release Proposals due 90 days after AO release Selection Late Spring 2013 (target)

This partnership opportunity is being issued (a) to select a teaming partner to help prepare the GSFC Explorer candidate MoO instrument concept for the proposal submittal. The major flight system GSFC is interested in finding partners for is a pointing system (i.e. mechanisms, electronics, and support structure to point the X-ray telescope) while mounted externally on the International Space Station (ISS). The X-ray telescope is not solicited as part of this POD.

There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the portion of this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the proposal submission to the Explorer AO. Full funding will be available for subsequent phases should the MoO instrument/mission be competitively selected for those additional phases. Additionally, release of this POD does not commit GSFC to enter into a partnership.

Potential respondents are asked to contact the GSFC Explorer team by 5 PM EDT on September 24th, 2012 with a Notice Of Interest (intentionally not called a notice of intent). Notice of Interest shall be sent to Mike Adams ( via email with ‘Notice of Interest’ in the subject line, a simple sentence or two expressing interest and an email address to send further information.

For purposes of this partnership opportunity, the GSFC contact is Mike Adams,, 301-286-2010, and the backup is Alice Liu,, 301-286-1270.

This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited. An ombudsmand has been appointed. See Internet Note “B”. The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, or Power Point 4.0) format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using WWW browser application. The WWW address, or URL, of the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home pate is .

It is the offerors responsibility to monitor this site for the release of the Partnerhip Opporutnity Document and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the Parntership Opportunity Document and amendments, if any. Any referenced ntes can be viewed at the following URL: .

Point of Contact

Name: Dona Vanterpool
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-7905
Fax: 301-286-1773

Name: Camille m thurston
Title: Procurement Manager
Phone: 301-286-3318
Fax: 301-286-1773

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