Status Report

NASA Launch Services Enabling Exploration and Technology NEXT

By SpaceRef Editor
June 24, 2013
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Synopsis – Jun 21, 2013

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General Information

Solicitation Number: NNK13475600R
Posted Date: Jun 21, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 21, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jul 08, 2013
Current Response Date: Jul 08, 2013
Classification Code: V — Transportation, travel, and relocation services
NAICS Code: 336414
Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business

Contracting Office Address

NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899


NASA/KSC is releasing a Pre-Solicitation notice as well as a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for NASA Launch Services Enabling eXploration & Technology (NEXT). A previous release regarding NEXT was a Sources Sought Notice NNK13ZLS003L posted on April 03, 2013. The final RFP, if issued, is anticipated to be released in August 2013.

NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) provides opportunities for CubeSat payloads, often called nanosatellites, to fly on a ride share basis on upcoming launches. Currently, LSP is seeking to develop alternatives to the rideshare approach and help foster other launch services dedicated to transporting CubeSat payloads into orbit. The NEXT contract will acquire a launch service for a CubeSat-Class payload on a firm fixed price basis.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

This procurement is a total small business set-aside. The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 336414 – Guided missile and space vehicle manufacturing and 1,000 employees, respectively.

Potential offerors are invited to submit comments regarding all aspects of the DRFP, including the requirements, schedules, proposal instructions, and evaluation approaches. Potential offerors are also encouraged to identify any areas in the DRFP that are confusing and may warrant additional information or clarification in the final RFP. All comments must be submitted in Microsoft Office 2007 compatible format via email to the Contracting Officer. All comments should reference applicable sections and paragraph numbers. All comments must be submitted to the Contracting Officer Erik C. Whitehill via e-mail at, no later than July 8, 2013, to ensure consideration by the Government. When responding reference RFP NNK134756 NASA Launch Services (NLS) Enabling eXploration & Technology (NEXT).

Interested parties should note that submitted questions and the corresponding answers will be posted on the FedBizOpps website prior to release of the final RFP. Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer.

This Pre-Solicitation synopsis is not a request for proposal. It does not constitute a solicitation and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Responses in any form are not offers and the Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. No funds are available to pay for preparation of responses to this announcement. Any information submitted by respondents to this announcement is strictly voluntary.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at . The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World-Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA Business Opportunities page is .

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any).

All questions must be submitted in writing to Erik C. Whitehill via e-mail at Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Name: Erik C Whitehill
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 321-867-5504
Fax: 321-867-2042

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