Status Report

NASA Partnership Opportunity for the Jupiter Magnetospheric Explorer

By SpaceRef Editor
September 22, 2004
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NASA Partnership Opportunity for the Jupiter Magnetospheric Explorer

JMEX Exhibits – Partnership Opportunity Documents 01 – Posted on Sep 17, 2004

General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice

Solicitation Number: JMEX-RFI-09-24-04

Posted Date: Sep 17, 2004

Original Response Date: Oct 04, 2004

Current Response Date: Oct 04, 2004

Original Archive Date: Sep 17, 2005

Current Archive Date: Sep 17, 2005

Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Naics Code: 927110 — Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking an industry partner(s) for participation in the Jupiter Magnetospheric Explorer (JMEX) mission. This mission has been proposed in response to NASA Announcements of Opportunity (AO’s) AO-03-OSS-02 for the SMEX program. See Exhibits A, and B for details, (summary, offer format/instructions, evaluation factors, background, JMEX Mission Description, and Primary Mirror Overview ? Exhibit A, and Secondary Mirror Overview ? Exhibit B).   It is likely that primary selection of the Jupiter Magnetospheric Explorer Mission under the AO and the availability of funds would result in a contract. GSFC plans to select a partner(s) using the following steps:

1) issue the Partnership Opportunity Document, which includes a mission overview of JMEX, and instructions about how to respond to this partnership opportunity;

2) receive presentation packages from interested Partnership Opportunity Document respondents;

3) review written presentations; and

4) evaluate written presentations.  

The Goddard Space Flight Center JMEX team has already submitted its Step 2 proposal to the Small Explorer Program Announcement of Opportunity (A.O.) AO-03-OSS-02. The team is now looking for a partner to participate in the development, fabrication, testing, etc. of a primary and secondary mirror, should the team’s Step 2 be successful under this A.O. If the team’s JMEX proposal is to be selected by the A.O. source selection official as a primary or secondary mission, Goddard intends to negotiate a contract with its primary mirror partner to execute the mission as described in the source selection official’s selection documentation. This solicitation/synopsis includes a “Partnership Opportunity Document” (POD) for the primary and secondary mirrors.   The Partnership Opportunity Document does not represent a guarantee of selection for hardware development. GSFC does not currently have a requirement for this mission or funds available to support its development.

In responding to this notice please reference “Jupiter Magnetospheric Explorer”. This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information   provided by any prospective partners. An ombudsman has been appointed.  

This notice constitutes all information concerning the JMEX requirement that will be furnished at this time.

Interested firms should submit their notice of intent by September 24, 2004 to Jennifer J. Awkard, NASA/GSFC, Mail Code 210.3, Bldg 11, Rm S215G, Greenbelt, MD 20771, or e-mail:

All Partnership Opportunity Document respondents shall deliver their complete proposal packages to Jennifer Awkard at the above address no later than 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on October 4, 2004. Documents, comments, and questions may be forwarded to Jennifer Awkard via electronic transmission or by facsimile transmission (301-286-1720). When responding reference the RFI number (JMEX-RFI-09-24-04).

The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office 2000 Suite (Word 2000, Excel 2000, or PowerPoint 2000) format and 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/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is    

Point of Contact

Jennifer J Awkard, Contract Specialist, Phone (301) 286-4380, Fax (301) 286-1720, Email – William A. Hatchl, Procurement Manager, Phone (301) 286-6843, Fax (301) 286-1720, Email

Email your questions to Jennifer J Awkard at

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