Status Report

NASA JSC Solicitation: Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support and Microgravity Services

By SpaceRef Editor
July 22, 2010
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Synopsis – Jul 22, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ10ZBJ005L
Posted Date: Jul 22, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 22, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Aug 12, 2010
Current Response Date: Aug 12, 2010
Classification Code: J — Maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment
NAICS Code: 488190 – Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

Contracting Office Address

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


This notice issued by the NASA/JSC is a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit responses from parties interested in providing aircraft services for the NASA Aircraft Fleet. This preliminary information is being made available for planning purposes only, subject to FAR Clause 52.215-3, entitled “Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes.” It does not constitute a Request for Proposal, Invitation for Bid, or Request for Quotation, and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract. This document is for information and planning purposes to allow industry the opportunity to verify reasonableness and feasibility of the requirement, as well as promote competition. The following services are under consideration to be included in a single solicitation: aircraft maintenance and operations support, and microgravity research operations. The contract may be awarded to one Contractor for Aircraft Maintenance and Operational Support (AMOS) and Microgravity Services (MS). Alternatively, more than one award may result, with one award being issued for AMOS and one award for MS. AMOS includes support for assigned aircraft (exclusive of the aircraft provided for microgravity services) at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) at Ellington Field in Houston and at El Paso, Texas; and at Edwards Air Force Base, California.; Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Edwards, California; Langley Research Center (LaRC), Hampton, Virginia; other remote sites, domestic and foreign, where services are required. The possibility exists that other NASA Centers such as Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), Wallops Island, Virginia and Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland, Ohio maybe included. The proposed services will include flight operations, maintenance, repairs and minor modifications and will provide engineering services to all assigned aircraft on a variety of aircraft airframes, engines, appliances and support equipment at the various locations.

Microgravity Services Requirements (exclusive of AMOS)

NASA operates the Reduced Gravity Research Program at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. The program provides a unique “reduced gravity” or “zero-g” environment for microgravity research (in areas such as fluid physics, combustion, material sciences, and life sciences), engineering development (for the International Space Station and other space hardware programs) and astronaut flight crew training.

NASA will provide a modified C-9 aircraft as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) or the contractor can provide their own aircraft. The microgravity service will provide full support including flight operations (with test conductors), hardware integration, scheduling of aircraft and experiments, and aircraft maintenance in execution of the Reduced Gravity Research Program.

A detailed description of NASA’s current aircraft maintenance and operational support service requirements are described in the Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program Statement of Work located in the technical library on the RFI website ( ). Please note the requirements in the statement of work for AMOS may differ from the current statement of work.

In addition, further information about the Reduced Gravity Program is located in the technical library ( ).

A summary of the anticipated requirements follows:

AMOS and MS requirements include services such as:

* Maintenance/production control (manage and control maintenance activities)
* Logs and records (configuration management)
* Quality control and inspection
* Logistics (procurement, supply)
* Maintenance engineering (for non-standard general repairs)
* Support shops (electric, hydraulic, sheet metal, ground support equipment)
* Resource management (training, facilities, safety)
* Routine aircraft servicing, launch/recovery, limited aircraft maintenance
* Flight Crews
* Contract management

AMOS requirements (exclusive of MS) include services such as:

* Unique and specialized support for:

– Engines
– Airframes
– Avionics
– Life support (high altitude pressure suits, ejection seats)

* Unique engineering support

– Non-complex modifications, integration and certification

MS requirements (exclusive of AMOS) include services such as:

* Support for microgravity services customers
* Experiment and payload integration services
* Engineering services for support of microgravity payload development and integration
* Flight operations services
* Reduced Gravity Office business management

Information Requested

Interested companies having the required specialized capabilities to meet all of the above requirements (AMOS and MS) should submit a capability statement indicating their ability to perform all aspects of the effort described in the RFI. Companies who have the required specialized capability to meet only AMOS or MS should submit a capability statement indicating their ability to meet the requirements related to their area of expertise. Questions should be submitted in writing to: Scott A. Stephens, and Alice J. Pursell,

As a minimum, your capability statement should include a response to the following questions: 1. Does your organization have the capability to provide these requirements? If so, please describe your capabilities and performance history.

2. Please comment on our proposed strategy of combining these requirements into one solicitation.

3. What ideas or suggestions do you have for meeting these requirements? Comments may cover items such as: practicality of combining, type of contract(s), period of performance, evaluation criteria, and other areas you may feel are relevant.

4. For MS how would you maintain and operate the Government-owned C-9 for microgravity and other services? Alternatively, if you provide your own aircraft, describe the services you would provide. Your responses should address the following subject areas:

a. Adherence to the NASA Maintenance Program for the aircraft (see: “N932 REDUCED GRAVITY AIRCRAFT INSPECTION PROGRAM” document in the technical library ).
b. Methods of advising potential microgravity experimenters and customers of availability periods, resources, and services provided, interface definitions, limits and constraints for microgravity services.
c. Experiment and payload integration services.
d. Test directors for in-flight management and support.
e. Engineering services for support of payload development and integration.
f. Flight operations services.
g. Reduced Gravity Office business management.

The Government may consider use of the aircraft for non-NASA related commercial services by the contractor if the contractor chooses to invest in obtaining appropriate FAA certification.

Based on the submissions, the Government may elect to conduct one-on-one discussions with Industry. This may include visits to contractor’s facilities.

Again, this is a request for information only. NASA 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 FedBizOps 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.

Your Response to the Request for information

All responses shall be received no later than August 12, 2010. Please respond via electronic mail (e-mail) to the Contract Specialist, Scott A. Stephens and Contracting Officer, Alice J. Pursell at the following addresses: and

An RFI website has been developed at the following link . Interested parties are responsible for checking this website.

Point of Contact

Name: Alice J Pursell
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-9027
Fax: 281-483-4066

Name: Scott Stephens
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-792-7521
Fax: 281-483-7890

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