Status Report

NASA JSC Solicitation: Global Positioning System – Detailed Testing Objective

By SpaceRef Editor
November 16, 2008
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Synopsis – Nov 12, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNJ0912345R
Posted Date: Nov 12, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 12, 2008
Original Response Date: Nov 17, 2008
Current Response Date: Nov 17, 2008
Classification Code: 18 — Space vehicles
NAICS Code: 334220 – Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/JSC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for a flight experiment to test advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, including fast satellite acquisition technology. The flight experiment will be conducted aboard the Space Shuttle. The purpose of this detailed testing objective is to ascertain the applications of the fast satellite acquisition technology to future NASA programs.

NASA/JSC has identified Honeywell International (HI) as a potential source. HI manufactures and sells a commercial Mercury GPS. HI is developing a radiation hardened version of the commercial Mercury receiver that incorporates fast satellite acquisition technology developed by Goddard Space Flight Center. This radiation hardened version of the GPS receiver is being developed to support future space program offerings including the Orion program. The radiation hardened version of this receiver is not ready for use in a space application at this time. HI is converting the commercial Mercury receiver from a commercial (non radiation hardened) IBM PowerPC EP440 processor to a radiation hardened version to support future space applications.

Potential offerors will need to obtain a license from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the NASA developed fast-satellite acquisition technology.

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 offeror’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

Vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation, literature, brochures, and references.

Technical questions should be directed to: Russel Yates at (281) 483-0996 or Procurement related questions should be directed to: Suzan Moody at (281) 244-8772, or

Please advise if the requirement is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type product. A commercial item is defined in FAR 2.101.

This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement.

The Government reserves the right to consider a small business or 8(a) set-aside based on responses hereto.

All responses shall be submitted to Suzan P. Moody, Contracting Officer no later than November 17, 2008. Please reference NNJ0912345R in any response. Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Suzan P. Moody
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-244-8772
Fax: 281-244-6102

Name: Eddie L. Williams
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-0325
Fax: 281-244-6102

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