Status Report

NASA HEOMD Announcement of Cubesat Launch Initiative

By SpaceRef Editor
August 10, 2012
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NASA HEOMD Announcement of Cubesat Launch Initiative

Synopsis – Aug 10, 2012

Full Version – Posted on Aug 10, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH12SOMD001L
Posted Date: Aug 10, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 10, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 12, 2012
Current Response Date: Nov 12, 2012
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) anticipates making launch opportunities for a limited number of CubeSats available on launches currently planned for 2013-2016. The CubeSat Launch Initiative is a project to demonstrate viable launch opportunities for CubeSat payloads as auxiliary payloads on planned missions.

More information about the CubeSat Launch Initiative, including previously-selected Respondents, is available at: .

A CubeSat is a type of space research nanosatellite. The base CubeSat dimension is 10x10x11 centimeters (one “Cube” or “1U”). CubeSats supported by this Launch Initiative include volumes of 1U, 2U, 3U, and 6U and may weigh up to 1.33 kilograms per 1U Cube.

NASA anticipates using its authority to enter into one or more collaborative Agreements with selected Respondents (“Collaborators”) to support the CubeSat Launch Initiative. During the project, NASA will provide integration and other services as necessary to complete the launch activity.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative is open to NASA centers, U.S. not-for-profit organizations, and accredited U.S. educational organizations. Participation in the CubeSat Launch Initiative will be contingent upon selection by NASA and negotiation of an appropriate Agreement between NASA and the Collaborator.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, exploration, technology development, education, or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and outcomes as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan and/or the NASA Education Vision and Goals.

The NASA Strategic Plan is available at: .

The NASA Education Vision and Goals can be found in Appendix A of this announcement and additional information available at: .

NASA will not transfer any funds to selected Collaborators under Agreements negotiated in response to this Announcement. Collaborators will be responsible for securing funding to support the development of their CubeSat payload and for all other costs incurred by the Collaborator to participate in the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Moreover, a Collaborator may be required to reimburse NASA for the direct costs of the integration and launch activities in the event the Collaborator terminates the Agreement.

Point of Contact

Name: Ms. Anne E Sweet
Title: Launch Services Program Executive
Phone: 202-358-3784
Fax: 202-358-2818
Email: [email protected]

Name: Mr. Jason C Crusan
Title: Director, Advanced Exploration Systems
Phone: 202-358-0635
Fax: 202-358-3530
Email: [email protected]

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