Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Integrated Science Instrument Model for the James Webb Space Telescope

By SpaceRef Editor
March 10, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: 4200103724
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2005
Original Response Date: Mar 25, 2005
Current Response Date: Mar 25, 2005
Original Archive Date: Mar 10, 2006
Current Archive Date: Mar 10, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 336414 — Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GSFC in support of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)/Integrated Science Instrument Model (ISIM) has a requirement for a thermally stable Engineering Test Unit (ETU) and Flight Structure.     This structure will consist of square graphite tubes gussets and metallic interfaces.     The structure shall remain thermally stable to 19 Kelvin.    

NASA/GSFC intends to purchase the items from Alliant Tech Systems(ATK).    

The authority permitting other than full and open competition is 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c) (1), Only One Responsible Source. ATK Composite Optics Inc. is the only company capable of meeting the requirements of the JWST/ISIM structure.    

ATK is the only company that has significant experience with the material selected for ISIM, Hexcel’s 954-6 resin system.    

ATK is also the only company with experience fabricating large truss structures capable of surviving the extreme low temperatures that are required of the ISIM structure Please see the attached Statement of Work and Specification. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.      

See Note 26. See note 22.      

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice. 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

Eric Jackson Newman, Contract Specialist, Phone (301) 286-4240, Fax (301) 286-1720, Email

Email your questions to Eric Jackson Newman at

Additional Information

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