Status Report

NASA Partnership Opportunity for the ESSP Molniya Orbit Imager Instrument System

By SpaceRef Editor
December 13, 2004
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General Information

Document Type: Special Notice

Solicitation Number: NASA-SNOTE-041213-001

Posted Date: Dec 13, 2004

Original Response Date:

Current Response Date:

Original Archive Date: Dec 13, 2005

Current Archive Date: Dec 13, 2005

Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Contracting Office Address

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


The Goddard Space Flight Center’s Molniya Orbit Imager mission team is developing a proposal to submit in response to the upcoming Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the Earth Systems Science Pathfinder Program (ESSP). The AO is currently scheduled for release in March 2005. The ESSP selection is a two step process, with Step 1 proposals due in June 2005. Projects selected in Step 1 will be funded to perform Step 2 (Phase A) concept studies leading up to the submission of a Step 2 proposal in which the entire end-to-end mission life cycle will be detailed. The current Molniya Orbit Imager mission concept has been developed around a generic geostationary-class meteorological imager. No actual instrument or instrument design has been selected. The purpose of this Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) is to identify and select a teaming partner interested in (i) providing an instrument design as part of the initial proposal submittal, (ii) supporting the Phase A concept studies if the Step 1 proposal is selected, and (iii) providing a flight qualified instrument and supporting integration and testing, should the Molniya Orbit Imager be selected for flight. For the purpose of this POD, any calibration device or active cooling device shall be considered part of the instrument. For the portion of this partnership that involves the preparation of the Step 1 proposal, there shall be no exchange of funds between the partners. NASA funding may be available for Step 2 and will be available for subsequent phases, should the Molniya Orbit Imager be selected. Responses to the Partnership Opportunity Document shall: 1)     Be in a presentation format (viewgraphs) that shall not exceed 40 pages. The font size for the text shall be no smaller than 14 point. 2) Address all requirements noted in sections 5.0 through 7.0 of this document. Responses shall be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such. The respondents shall deliver the requested information in a presentation format. Presentation packages must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) January 24, 2005. Please provide 10 copies of the presentation and deliver them to: Mr. William Cutlip NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 101.2 Building 8, Room 301C Greenbelt, MD     20771 All respondents that intend to make presentations must provide written or electronic notice by 5:00 p.m. (EST), January 24, 2005. Notice may be by e-mail to Mr. William Cutlip at, or in writing to the above address. Oral presentations will be conducted at GSFC, February 7-9, 2005. Presentations will be scheduled in two-hour blocks. Speakers will have one hour to present and the second hour will be used for questions and answers. This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited. An ombudsman has been appointed. See Internet Note ?B?. The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, or PowerPoint 4.0) format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The WWW address, or URL, of the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is . It is the offerors responsibility to monitor this cite for the release of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments, if any. Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL:     .

Point of Contact

Dawn M. Fountain, Contracting Officer, Phone (301) 286-3815, Fax (301) 286-1773, Email

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