Status Report

NASA JSC: Solicitation Estimating Risk and Performance During System or Project Design and Development

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2014
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Synopsis – Jan 10, 2014

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNJ14ZBH003L

    Posted Date: Jan 10, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 10, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 17, 2014

    Current Response Date: Apr 11, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712


Contracting Office Address

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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) is seeking parties interested in collaborative development to mature technologies required for NASA’s future missions and to enhance life on Earth. JSC is looking to partner on the development of broadly applicable technologies as a means to accelerate technology development and strengthen commercialization of federally-funded research and development.


NASA JSC seeks to enhance technology associated with Estimating/Balancing Risk & Performance during System or Project Design & Development. NASA JSC has implemented various Excel-based analysis tools to evaluate the performance and characteristics of vehicles and missions early in their design phases. The software tools are used to assess the relative benefits and drawbacks of system design or mission architecture options.


NASA JSC has developed a Rapid Response Risk Assessment (R3A) tool that provides a unique infrastructure for quickly defining the system components and critical events involved in completing a desired endeavor, providing easy to use trade space selection options which evaluate, in real time, each option’s influence on the probability of successfully completing the desired endeavor.

NASA JSC also developed an Excel-based software tool, Envision, which is a vehicle mass, power and volume estimation tool. Through a previous NASA JSC initiative, an initial capability has been developed that ties these two tools together. The integration of these tools allows the rapid evaluation of performance measures such as mass and power as well as the accompanying mission risk metrics early in the design process to inform and impact mission architecture decisions. With this capability, NASA JSC will be well positioned to lead the way in future Agency and Programmatic architecture development efforts, regardless of the architectural destination.

R&D Status:

The current toolset includes the use of Excel software modules (visual BASIC) and advanced Excel functions and operations. NASA JSC has begun the research for the capability and has an extensive knowledge of the tool’s inner workings and algorithms of the current version, as well as the event tree analysis process and system reliability/availability discipline knowledge that is built into the requirements.

NASA JSC seeks to extend and enhance the current capability by adding functions and capabilities to either (1) the R3A tool itself, and/or (2) a combined Excel toolset. Requirements would involve Excel-based visual BASIC skills and advanced Excel-based knowledge of functions and data manipulation processes. Other desired capabilities include developing a cost estimation component of the tool.

Intellectual Property (IP):

This Partner relationship may produce new IP that could be jointly owned by NASA and the partner or may become the property of the partner.

This announcement is not to be construed as a Request for Proposal and is not a commitment by the government, nor will the government pay for any information provided. Since this is an Announcement, no evaluation letters or results will be issued to the respondents.

Please submit the attached Statement of Interest Form to Mark Dillard

To view all Co-Development and Partnering Opportunities with the NASA Johnson Space Center please visit our website at

Point of Contact

    Name:Mark A. Dillard

    Title:Lead Partnership Development Office Integration




    Name:Dana Altmon-Cary

    Title:Contracting Officer

    Phone:281-483-8228    Fax:281-483-4066    Email:


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