Status Report

NASA GSFC/WFF Solicitation: NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract

By SpaceRef Editor
July 3, 2007
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General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
Solicitation Number: PJTWAL070701
Posted Date: Jul 02, 2007
Original Response Date: Aug 01, 2007
Current Response Date: Aug 01, 2007
Original Archive Date: Jul 02, 2008
Current Archive Date: Jul 02, 2008
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Set Aside: N/A
Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility, Code 210.W, Wallops Island, VA 23337 Description

NASA/GSFC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for services in support of NASA’s Sounding Rockets Program (NSRP). The proposed contract will serve as the principal mechanism for implementation of the NSRP and the NSROC Contractor shall manage and be responsible for providing all associate services and supplies (except those provided as Government Furnished Property). As such, the Contractor shall design, fabricate, integrate, and perform flight qualification testing of sub-orbital payloads, provide launch vehicles and associated hardware, and provide various activities associated with subsequent mission launch operations. The Contractor shall have the capability to provide the full spectrum of engineering design and analysis activities necessary for the development of sub-orbital vehicles, payloads, and ground support equipment including (but not limited to) the following disciplines: flight performance and dynamics; structural and mechanical; electrical power; telemetry communication; guidance, navigation, and control; software and information systems; and environmental testing. The Contractor shall also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of facilities associated with implementation of the NSRP including technical laboratories, fabrication, environmental testing, and explosives storage. NASA will retain overall management of the NSRP including certain programmatic elements such as mission selection, funding, international agreements, grants administration, oversight and approval of ground and flight safety processes, and ownership of program assets. The NSROC Contractor shall also be responsible for providing general support under individual task orders that may not be directly related to implementation of the NSRP. This support shall include, but not be limited to: fabrication of mechanical, structural, electrical, and electronic hardware; environmental testing of flight and ground support hardware and systems; and a broad range of technical activities such as engineering studies, system and subsystem development, drafting and technician services, environmental studies, and education and public outreach services. In order to encourage the most efficient and best use of the Wallops Flight Facility suborbital program infrastructure, and to reduce the overall cost to NASA for maintaining this infrastructure, the NSROC will enable the Contractor to utilize Wallops Flight Facility resources and capabilities (in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations) for non-NSRP government and commercial customers. All such efforts shall be performed on a non-interference basis with all NASA assigned work. GSFC is seeking capabilities from all potential sources for the purpose of determining the appropriate level of competition. This is not a solicitation announcement. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offeror?s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. This sources sought synopsis is for informational and planning purposes only and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for any information solicited. Since this is a sources sought announcement, no evaluation letters and/or results will be issued to the respondents. You are requested to provide electronic responses (30-page maximum including attachments) via e-mail to the primary Point of Contact (POC) for this requirement. Your response is required by August 1, 2007. To facilitate a prompt review by the NASA team, a one-page summary shall be included with your capability statement(s), which identifies your company?s specific capabilities that are relevant to the requirement. Specific examples of suborbital payload and launch vehicle development activities, launch operations services, and associated examples of the relevant engineering experience (including detailed descriptions) are recommended. Companies are also requested to provide their name, address, primary POC and telephone number, company?s average annual revenues for the past three years, total number of employees, and your Government size standard/type classification (Large, Small, Small Disadvantaged, 8(a), Woman-owned, Service Disabled Veteran, HUBZone, business, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on the summary page. The summary page will not count against the maximum page limit. It is insufficient to provide only general brochures or generic information. GSFC/WFF is also interested in potential contractor feedback related to subcontracting opportunities for the various work requirements, given the possibility that the total requirement may be competed on an unrestricted basis. This feedback would be used as research information to support the analysis and development of subcontracting goals. This feedback should also be provided electronically via e-mail to the primary POC by August 1, 2007. No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offeror?s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. Vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation, literature, brochures, and references. Technical questions should be directed to: Procurement related questions should be directed to: This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement.

Point of Contact

Pamela J Taylor, Contracting Officer, Phone 757-824-1068, Fax 757-824-1974, Email

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