Status Report

NASA HQ Solicitation: Draft Announcement of Opportunity: Mars Scout and Mission of Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
March 16, 2006
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General Information

Document Type: Modification to a Previous Notice
Solicitation Number: N—-A
Posted Date: Mar 15, 2006
Original Response Date: Jan 31, 2006
Current Response Date: Jan 31, 2006
Original Archive Date: Mar 15, 2007
Current Archive Date: Mar 15, 2007
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

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


This is a modification to the synopsis entitled “DRAFT” ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: MARS SCOUT AND MISSION OF OPPORTUNITY which was posted on January 9, 2006.

To all Mars Scout Proposers – Thank you for your comments on the draft Mars Scout Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for 2006.

We anticipate that the final AO will be released in April 2006, and look forward to your proposals in response to the AO. While we prepare the final AO for release, we would like to bring one important correction to your attention.

The draft AO gave conflicting, inconsistent information about whether the cost cap was in Real Year or Fiscal Year dollars.

The cost cap and phasing was provided correctly in Appendix E in Real Year dollars, but was incorrectly stated elsewhere in the AO as Fiscal Year 2006 dollars. The correct cost cap for this Mars Scout AO is anticipated to be $475M in REAL YEAR (RY) dollars, and the desired phasing will be provided in Appendix E in REAL YEAR dollars. Likewise, the anticipated Mission of Opportunity cost cap ($35M) is in REAL YEAR dollars.

We will ensure the final AO is clear and consistent on this matter.

We regret any confusion this inconsistency may have caused, but wanted to ensure potential bidders were aware of this as early as possible. Any questions or comments may be addressed to Dr. Michael Meyer, Mars Program Lead Scientist, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546; Telephone 202-358-0307; E-mail

Point of Contact

Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Program Scientist, Phone (202) 358-0307, Fax (202) 358-3097, Email

Email your questions to Dr. Michael A. Meyer at

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