Status Report

NASA JPL Prequalification and Development of 3U and 6U Cubesat Suppliers

By SpaceRef Editor
September 25, 2015
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Synopsis – Sep 23, 2015
Various Attachments to Sol. JT-15-03 – Posted on Sep 23, 2015

General Information
Solicitation Number: JT-15-03
Posted Date: Sep 23, 2015
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 23, 2015
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 12, 2015
Current Response Date: Oct 12, 2015
Classification Code: 18 — Space vehicles
NAICS Code: 336414

Contracting Office Address

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop 190-205, Pasadena, California 91109-8099


The California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), operating under a prime contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is planning to pre-qualify leading Industry CubeSat suppliers for the procurement of CubeSat’s for various Flight Projects at JPL in Pasadena, California. BACKGROUND: This RFI is viewed as planning tool for JPL organizations to obtain information from leading CubeSat suppliers that will aid JPL to be able to solicit reliable CubeSat sources at will. Leading suppliers that meet minimum standards, will be included in the new supplier prequalification capabilities database. This will maximize procurement efficiencies when the need for CubeSat exist. It is anticipated that JPL will, in the next few years, require more catalog ready CubeSat’s within a short period of time. As such, JPL is attempting to develop a mechanism, in advance, to make the procurement process more efficient to obtain CubeSat’s within the Option parameters set forth below at reasonable costs and schedule. The information received is for supplier prequalification purposes only. Your feedback is essential in the development of this process. REQUIREMENTS: Specifically, JPL would request suppliers to provide information outlined in the attached CubeSat Questionnaire using the sample Statement of Work (SOW) also attached, as a guide. JPL needs to assess general interest, performance and capability and to identify any cost/schedule concerns that maybe associated with providing CubeSat’s to JPL under a Fixed-Price Research and Development type subcontract, in the manner described above and as outlined in Options 1 and 2 as follows: Option 1: Provide a complete CubeSat, fully integrated using JPL or vendor supplier QA; and Option 2: Supplier to provide CubeSat service to fully integrate customer provided instruments and deliver a fully integrated observatory to JPL using JPL or vendor supplied QA. For this RFI, JPL request suppliers to provide an overview of your companies’ CubeSat product line and capabilities per the attached table and for companies to review the proposed JPL terms and conditions for a Fixed-Price type subcontract. The terms and conditions are to be accepted up front and are non-negotiable. It is JPLs intent to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide the essential framework for agreement, including acceptance of the JPL terms and conditions and Quality Provisions. As it pertains to quality provisions, the supplier either accepts JPL Quality Provisions or utilize its own supplier provided QA. The terms and conditions and quality provisions will be mutually agreed to and will provide the framework for cost, schedule, and delivery provisions placed in the MOU. JPL may follow-up with in-person discussions, with interested suppliers, to further probe and verify information. Following receipt and review of the responses, JPL will make a determination as to which companies meet the minimum standards for inclusion into the supplier database. Companies who do not meet minimum standards will not be included in the database. As you can ascertain, there are still many TBDs outlined in the table and SOW to finalize. This process is still in its infancy and definition stage and we are looking for suppliers to help us with definition by completing those TBDs. It is JPL’s hope that when the time comes to procure a CubeSat, the initial vetting of the terms and conditions, SOW and Quality Provisions are already established and agreed to in the MOU. RESPONSE DEADLINE: Your expression of interest by September 30, 2015 and provide a response to the RFI no later than October 12, 2015. The above-requested is required on or before October 12, 2015. Please provide this information to Jacqueline Booker-Thomas, E-Mail: All questions should be directed to Jacqueline Booker-Thomas at the aforementioned E-Mail address. DISCLAIMER: Prospective subcontractors are advised that any additional information you provide shall be deemed to be furnished with unlimited rights to JPL, with JPL assuming no liability for the disclosure, use, or reproduction of such data. It is emphasized that the requested information is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that JPL will solicit you for such procurement in the future. Neither JPL nor the Government will be responsible for any costs incurred by you in furnishing this information.

Point of Contact
Name: Mary Helen Ruiz
Title: JPL Business Opportunities Office
Phone: 818-354-7532
Fax: 818-393-1746

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