Status Report

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Cargo Vehicle Core Stage Engine

By SpaceRef Editor
February 24, 2006
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NASA MSFC Solicitation: Cargo Vehicle Core Stage Engine

Synopsis – Feb 23, 2006

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: PS41-CaLV-02-06
Posted Date: Feb 23, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 23, 2006
Original Response Date: Mar 10, 2006
Current Response Date: Mar 10, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Procurement Office, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812


NASA/MSFC has baselined the use of a lower cost version of the Space Shuttle Main Engine as the Core Stage Engine (CSE) for the proposed Cargo Launch Vehicle (CaLV). At this time, special studies are needed to evaluate and assess the processes and requirements necessary to develop and certify the CSE for the CaLV. The Core Stage Engine will be a highly affordable, expendable engine derived from the current Space Shuttle Main Engine (RS-25).

Pursuant to FAR 6.302-1, NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the special studies effort from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), Inc., 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park, California, 91309-7922. The Rocketdyne organization, now a division of PWR, has designed and developed the RS-25 engine and has been responsible for its production, refurbishment, and improvements since 1972. Consequently, PWR is the only company that has the requisite expertise to perform these special studies, which are a follow-on to the development work they have been doing on the RS-25 engine.

The current special studies requirement does not encompass the full design, development, test, and evaluation (DDT&E) phase or the production effort on the CSE for the CaLV.

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

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 March 10, 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. Companies interested in subcontracting opportunities should contact PWR directly.

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: Monica C. Williams
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (256) 544-5053
Fax: (256) 544-6062

Name: Hervie B. Williford
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (256) 544-0373
Fax: (256) 544-6062

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