Status Report

NASA JSC Request for Information: Mission Systems Operations Contract

By SpaceRef Editor
September 25, 2015
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Synopsis – Sep 24, 2015
Attachment 1 – RFI Questions – Posted on Sep 24, 2015 

General Information
Solicitation Number: NNJ16100117L
Posted Date: Sep 24, 2015
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 24, 2015
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 30, 2015
Current Response Date: Oct 30, 2015
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BR


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is planning to combine the contract requirements under the current Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC), contract number NNJ09HD46C and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) requirements of contract NNJ10HD35C, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility Operations Contract (NSOC). This combination will constitute the requirement of the Mission Systems Operations Contract (MSOC).

This synopsis is a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit comments from industry regarding acquisition strategies. Industry is invited to review Attachment 1 – RFI Questions and provide feedback on the specific areas requested in the Attachment, as applicable.

For reference, a summary and a list of functions for the current FDOC and NSOC/SVMF contracts are provided as follows:

FDOC Summary

FDOC provides technical, managerial, and administrative work needed to ensure the availability, integrity, and reliability of mission operations facilities supporting NASA space flight programs requiring mission operations support. For this contract, “facility” is defined as the systems and subsystems of integrated hardware, software, data, and displays used in the preparation for and performance of mission operations. The term “facility” does not refer to “brick and mortar” buildings or building functions, such as lighting, environmental control, and janitorial services.

The current FDOC contract consolidates efforts across the mission operations support facilities (Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS), Training Systems (TS), Operations Technology, and User Applications) in order to maximize synergy for hardware and software development, modification, sustaining, maintenance, reconfiguration, and operations.

Key FDOC contract functions include:

Common Facility Support

– Management, administrative, and business overhead

Development and Modification (Hardware and Software)

– Change to the facility configuration including new capabilities, expansion or deletion of existing capabilities and/or services.

Sustaining/Maintenance of existing facility capabilities

– Change to the facility configuration including updates, anomaly resolution, and preventative maintenance actions.

Facility Operations Support

– Service and support provided to ensure configuration and availability of the ground hardware and software support systems.

Network Support

– Engineering support services to the MCCS ground systems for communications network integration


– IT and Cyber Security

– Communications Security (COMSEC) Support MCCS and Ellington Field

Key FDOC contract content not to be continued as part of the MSOC contract:

FOD Office IT Support covering:

– Help desk support for office personal computers

– User and contractor-installed custom and COTS software tools

– Procurement, installation, administration, and maintenance of FOD office environment server hardware and software systems providing file, web, database, printer and print services for business office environments.

NSOC/SVMF Summary:

The SVMF uses full-scale vehicle mockups, flight-like trainers, engineering test articles and environmental simulators to provide a unique environment that closely emulates the physical characteristics of “crewed” spacecraft. It provides capabilities for astronaut training, real-time mission trouble-shooting, mission development, flight procedures development and verification, flight vehicle sustaining engineering and developmental engineering analysis. The SVMF also has visibility to NASA management, the media and the general public. This contract provides International Space Station (ISS) Plan-Train-Fly (PTF) mission operations and spaceflight operations capability development associated with the Orion program and future space flight programs. The SVMF supports organizations outside of FOD. These include other JSC Directorates (e.g., Engineering, Space Life Sciences, and Public Affairs), and other NASA field centers (e.g., KSC, MSFC).

The “mockups” used in the SVMF are full-scale (1:1) models of spacecraft or spacecraft components. Depending on their purpose, mockups can vary from “low fidelity”, which models the basic volume and shape of the spacecraft/component, to “high fidelity” which very closely matches the “look and feel” of the spacecraft/component. Mockups can be built to last briefly (e.g., for short-term engineering evaluations) or for many years. SVMF mockups often use steel and aluminum in addition to composites and plastics.

Key NSOC/SVMF contract functions include:

Space Flight Training

– Training of personnel either as crew or ground team.

– Real-time mission support for on-orbit contingencies.

Mission Development

– Creating products for the development of future mission activities.

Vehicle Sustaining Engineering

– Supporting development of new or modified equipment for flight vehicles.

Developmental Engineering Analysis

– Providing tools, facilities, and personnel for the conduct of engineering tests.

Public Affairs

– Facilitating the communication of the JSC mission to the public with tours visiting the building and public affairs events being conducted on the floor and occasionally inside the mockups in the facility.

Sustaining Engineering

– Providing project planning and estimation, requirements definition, discrepancy analysis and anomaly resolution, system safety, and specialty engineering.

The current FDOC and NSOC statements of work are posted on the MSOC procurement website at in the Technical Library. These documents are for information and planning purposes only and to allow industry the opportunity to comment, as well as promote competition. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 541712 is preliminary. The information received will not be released in its submitted form, but may be used in developing the best approach for any follow-on contract strategy and therefore may be recognizable. Please do not submit proprietary information.

Responses must include the following:

1. Name and address of firm and Point of Contact information.

2. Size of business.

3. Average annual revenue for past three years.

4. Number of employees.

5. Whether the firm is a Large, SB, SDB, HUBZone, WOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB, HBCU/MI and/or 8a.

6. Number of years in business.

7. Affiliate information: parent company, joint venture partners and potential teaming partners.

8. If you plan to propose as a prime or as a subcontractor.

9. A list of contracts covering the past three years with emphasis on work performed on a Federal installation. Please provide contract numbers, if your firm was a prime or subcontractor, contract type, dollar value of each procurement, and point of contact (address and phone number). If work was performed as a subcontractor, please indicate percentage of work/subcontract dollar value.

10. From the above list, please identify those contracts that you consider most relevant to the work of the MSOC effort. Please provide a brief summary of similar work accomplished as compared to the MSOC scope.

You are requested to provide electronic responses to items 1 through 10 above and Attachment 1 – RFI Questions (limited to 25 pages using no less than 12 point Times New Roman font) via e-mail to Your response is requested by 4:00 p.m. CST on October 30, 2015.

Any communications in reference to this RFI shall cite the RFI number in the subject line and be directed to the point of contact identified in the RFI.

The Government intends to release the names, addresses, and points of contact of all respondents unless specifically requested not to do so by the respondent. This information will be provided on the MSOC procurement website as an “interested parties list.” All questions should be directed to the point of contact identified below.

In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. The Government is under no obligation to issue a solicitation or to award any contract on the basis of this RFI. The Government will not pay for any information solicited. No evaluation letters and/or results will be issued to the respondents. 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 offerors responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. The Government intends to review the responses submitted by Industry. This data will not be shared outside the Government; however, the Government may use this data to develop future requirements. Data that is submitted as part of a company’s response that is marked Proprietary will not be reviewed and will be returned to the respondent.

Point of Contact
Name: Scott Stephens
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-792-7859

SpaceRef staff editor.