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NASA GSFC Special Notice: Procurement Opportunity Document for MOLSAM (NASA Mars Scout)

By SpaceRef Editor
February 16, 2006
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NASA GSFC Special Notice: Procurement Opportunity Document for MOLSAM (NASA Mars Scout)

General Information

Document Type: Special Notice
Solicitation Number: NASA-SNOTE-060216-001
Posted Date: Feb 16, 2006
Original Response Date:
Current Response Date:
Original Archive Date: Feb 16, 2007
Current Archive Date: Feb 16, 2007
Classification Code:

Contracting Office Address

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


The proposal opportunity is to the NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Mars Scout. This partnership opportunity document (POD) provides a description of MOLSAM, a scientific mission to locate and measure water on Mars. MOLSAM is a Martian orbiter with dual active sensing instruments and a requirement for precision pointing and navigation. This POD has two options for teaming partners; 1) the MOLSAM spacecraft, 2)a microwave Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument. Responders may propose a partnership to provide one or both of the options. Proposals for each option should be submitted separately and will be evaluated separately. The offerors chosen will participate directly as a member of the proposal team in the various stages of the MOLSAM Mars Scout mission design and proposal process.    

The response should be limited to 10 pages in not less than 12-point font, submitted as an electronic PDF document.    

Excluded from the page count are the cover letter, title pages, table of contents and page for the acronyms list. Offerors are free to attach additional appendices that further describe their capabilities. The respondents shall deliver the requested information in a report.    

Reports must be received by 5pm EST on the due date, which is February 27, 2006.    

Please provide either a hardcopy or an electronically formatted presentation (Word, PPT, or PDF formats) to Juan Roman (, or Code 101, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771). Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such. Your written offer package shall include discussion of the following:

  • The approaches for supporting the MOLSAM Step 1 proposal and the MOLSAM phase A concept study.
  • The ability to meet the MOLSAM schedule as defined in this document.
  • The demonstration of a clear understanding of the technical challenges for the MOLSAM spacecraft and mission.
  • The preliminary concept for the option elements
  • Any unique capabilities, facilities, or experience with this type of mission
  • A Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM)     cost estimate and schedule There will be no exchange of funds between NASA and the selected partner for the Mars Scout Step 1 proposal development.    

Up to two million dollars funding will be available for Phase A concept studies according to the budget developed in the Step 1 phase.    

If MOLSAM is selected for a Phase A concept study, the partner will be funded according to the budget developed in the Step 1 proposal. The requested information through this POD is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that NASA will solicit the submitter for a procurement of any related effort in the future. NASA will not be responsible for any costs incurred by submitters in furnishing this information.    

This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited.      

An ombudsman 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 PowerPoint 4.0) format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application.    

The WWW address, or URL, of the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is    

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

Point of Contact

Dawn M. Fountain, Contracting Officer, Phone (301) 286-3815, Fax (301) 286-1773, Email

Email your questions to Dawn M. Fountain at

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