Status Report

NASA JSC Solicitation: Ringsail Parachutes and Rigging

By SpaceRef Editor
March 16, 2006
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Synopsis – Mar 10, 2006

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: JSCBV106Z
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 10, 2006
Original Response Date: Apr 25, 2006
Current Response Date: Apr 25, 2006
Classification Code: 18 — Space vehicles
NAICS Code: 541710 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/JSC has a requirement for Testing Four (4) 156 Foot Ringsail Parachutes and Rigging. NASA/JSC intends to purchase the services from United Space Alliance. USA has tested parachutes for the Space Shuttle Program under the Space Flight Operations Contract (SFOC) for approximately ten years and is uniquely qualified to conduct these tests. Selecting a different contractor for this effort may cause substantial duplication of costs to the Government.

NASA has four 156-foot ringsail parachutes and will be drop testing these parachutes to evaluate packing techniques and parachute inflation, stability, and performance. The drop testing will be conducted at Yuma Proving Ground. The test articles will be standard platform with a ballasted test tub to achieve the desired test article weight. Single drop tests will be conducted to verify packing procedures. These will be followed by cluster drop tests to evaluate cluster inflation, stability, and performance. NASA will provide the pyrotechnic cutters, instrumentation, and cameras.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

See note 22.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Billy E. Perry
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (281) 244-1794
Fax: (281) 483-6919

Name: Sylvia Aragon
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (281) 244-5178
Fax: (281) 483-6919

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