Status Report

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage

By SpaceRef Editor
November 21, 2005
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NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage

Synopsis – Nov 18, 2005

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNM06ELO1
Posted Date: Nov 18, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 18, 2005
Original Response Date: Dec 02, 2005
Current Response Date: Dec 02, 2005
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 336415 – Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/MSFC has a requirement for a Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) First Stage. This effort will encompass the design, development, test, and evaluation (DDT&E), including long lead items for the initial production of CLV First Stage. The First Stage will be a reusable solid rocket booster (SRB) stage derived from the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) SRB. The activities include design, development, and flight testing of the CLV First Stage and long lead materials for a follow-on production.

Pursuant to FAR 6.302.1(a), NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the items from Alliant Tech Systems (ATK) Thiokol Propulsion, 9160 N. Hwy 83, Brigham City, UT, 84302. Only ATK possesses the facilities, manufacturing capability, and current engineering and manufacturing work force to successfully manufacture the CLV First Stage as a single prime contractor in the DDT&E phase. ATK is the only source for a large human-rated, reusable solid propellant motor. ATK owns the facilities where the RSRMs are refurbished and manufactured in Utah. No other facilities exist that can refurbish or manufacture the RSRM. ATK maintains unique and specific design, processing, and testing knowledge and capability required to ensure the reliability required for large-scale human-rated solid rocket booster systems.

The production effort for First Stage will be a separate procurement. However, long lead items are included in this effort to support the production of First Stage beyond the DDT&E effort. These long lead items will be considered Government Furnished Property (GFP) for the production procurement.

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

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities, qualifications, and approach to produce the CLV First Stage to include signed teaming arrangements in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on December 2, 2005. Such information 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 ATK 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: Kellie D. Craig
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (256) 544-5906
Fax: (256) 544-6062

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

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