Status Report

NASA Partnership Opportunity Document for NASA GSFC Earth Venture Full Orbit Mission Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
November 13, 2014
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Synopsis – Nov 10, 2014


General Information


    Solicitation Number: NASA-GSFC-POD-EV-M

    Posted Date: Nov 10, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 10, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Dec 05, 2014

    Current Response Date: Dec 05, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712


Contracting Office Address


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.Y, Greenbelt, MD 20771




NASA GSFC is considering measurement concepts to address pressing Earth system science issues that may be included in the upcoming Earth Venture (EV) Announcement of Opportunities (AO’s). NASA GSFC is seeking partners to accommodate a geostationary orbit hosted payload and provide associated launch services for a mission concept.


This partnership opportunity is being issued to select teaming partners to help prepare the GSFC Earth Venture candidate concept for full orbital mission opportunity, EV-M. While the exact AO schedule cannot be specified at this time, the EV-M AO is expected to be issued in June 2015. Proposal due date is approximately 3 months after AO release and selection approximately 6 months after submittal.


Participation in this partnering synopsis is open to all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, not-for-profit institutions, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as NASA Centers and other U.S. Government Agencies. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Other Minority Universities (OMUs), small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), veteran-owned small businesses, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBzone small businesses, and women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) are encouraged to apply. Participation by non-U.S. organizations is welcome but is subject to NASA’s policy of no exchange of funds, in which each government supports its own national participants and associated costs.


NASA GSFC is seeking potential partners having demonstrated experience throughout the system life cycle (Phases A through E) related to hosted geostationary payloads. Potential partners need to either manufacture or own/operate GEO commercial communication satellites. In addition, they must have been involved in a launch in the last three years and they must have planned launches during the next five years. They must be able to commit to a cost estimate and support a technical interface.


The potential payload has the following characteristics: Mass 92-108 kg, Power 81-100 W, Downlink rate: <9 Mbps, Volume: 1.02m x 1.07m x 0.96m. The desired geostationary orbit is 50*-100*W in approximately June 2022.


Potential partners shall provide a brief summary of how they intend to accommodate the hosted payload.


If selected through this partnering opportunity, it is expected that the selected partner(s) will work with GSFC scientists and engineers to jointly develop the instrument and/or mission concept and the related proposal(s). If the proposal is selected, GSFC anticipates issuing contracts or other agreements to the selected partner(s) for performance of the proposed elements.


There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the AO proposal cycle. If the proposed instrument is selected for development, partner(s) will be generally funded according to the budget developed during the AO proposal phase.


Partner selections will be made by NASA GSFC based on the listed criteria in the following order of importance:


1. Relevant Experience and Past Performance. The proposer shall include relevant recent experience and past performance in similar development activities. (40%)


2. Technical Capability and Staffing Approach. The proposer shall describe their technical capabilities required for the performance of the proposed activity described herein. If proposing a specific technology or subsystem, provide details of relevant past projects and applications of your technology. (30%)


3. Payload Accommodation and Mission Support. The proposer shall demonstrate an understanding of accommodating payloads and address the mission element requirements as specified herein. The Integration and Test (I&T) flow for the mission element(s) should be discussed and the related support facilities identified. The proposer shall provide a rough order of Magnitude (ROM) cost for providing the requested support. (30%)


Responses to this partnering opportunity shall be limited to 10 pages in not less than 12-point Times New Roman font. Responses must address the aforementioned evaluation criteria.


All responses shall be submitted to GSFC electronically via email to Lisa Callahan ( ) by 5:00pm EST on December 5, 2014.


The requested information through this POD is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that GSFC will solicit the submitter for a procurement of any related effort in the future. GSFC will not be responsible for any costs incurred by submitters in furnishing this information.


Technical and Programmatic questions regarding this draft partnering synopsis should be directed to Lisa Callahan at .


This notice is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited. The documents for this partnership opportunity shall/will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel, 5.0, or PowerPoint 4.0) format.


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


Point of Contact


    Name: Maria L McNamee

    Title: Contracting Officer

    Phone: 301-286-4988

    Fax: 301-286-5373


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