Status Report

NASA LaRC Solicitation: Investigating Robots With Novel Locomotion: Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

By SpaceRef Editor
March 16, 2006
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: NNL06146222Q
Posted Date: Mar 16, 2006
Original Response Date: Mar 31, 2006
Current Response Date: Mar 31, 2006
Original Archive Date: Mar 16, 2007
Current Archive Date: Mar 16, 2007
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA/LaRC hasa requirement to procure design and simulation services for an application employing swarm robots. NASA/LARC intends to purchase the items from the Universite” Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)Microgravity Research Center, as the only known source who can meet the Agency’s needs. ULB is widely recognized as a world leader in swarm-based robotic system, and is credited with being the primary designer of the ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheruistic. ULB recently completed a 42 month multi-million euro investigation, ‘SWARM-BOTS,” into swarm-based robotic system. The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, March 31, 2006. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. 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

Gloria C Carney, Contract Specialist, Phone (757) 864-7151, Fax (757) 864-9774, Email – Panice H. Clark, Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2522, Fax (757) 864-8541, Email

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