Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Lunar Microsat Network Feasibility Study

By SpaceRef Editor
May 7, 2004
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NASA Presolicitation Notice: Lunar Microsat Network Feasibility Study

General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice

Solicitation Number: NASA-GSFC-5-04

Posted Date: May 06, 2004

Original Response Date: May 21, 2004

Current Response Date: May 21, 2004

Original Archive Date: May 06, 2005

Current Archive Date: May 06, 2005

Classification Code: B — Special studies and analysis – not R&D

Naics Code: 927110 — Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GSFC has a requirement for a Lunar Microsat Com-Nav Network Feasibility Study. NASA/GSFC intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) to provide a feasibility study for a Lunar Microsat Com-Nav Network.    

The JHU/APL will conduct a systems analysis to define minimal and enhanced mission requirements for a lunar ComNav system.    

The JHU/APL will synthesize data sets based on studies it has already performed along with its industry and government partners, as described in the Statement of Work.    

The JHU/APL will develop a mission architecture designed to satisfy these requirements, using suitably equipped microsats, deployable in multiple steps over an extended period of time.     Architecture definition will include flight to the Moon from secondary launch into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), the possible use of weak stability boundaries for orbital maneuvering, and the insertion of the ComNav sats into their service orbits and continued orbital maintenance requirements.    

The proposed cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will have a 4-month period of performance. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.      

An Ombudsman has been appointed.    

See Notes 22, 26, and B. Statutory authority for this sole source procurement is 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1)–Only One Responsible Source.    

However, organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedules supported by this work, should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Interested organizations have 15 days from the publication of this synopsis to submit in writing to the identified point of contact, their qualifications/capabilities. Such qualifications/ capabilities will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. Responses received after the 15 days or without the required information will be considered non-responsive to the synopsis and will not be considered. A determination by the Government to not compete this proposed effort on a full and open competitive basis, based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government.    

All qualified responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall be considered by the agency.     Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Original Point of Contact

Julie A. Janus, Contracting Officer, Phone (301) 286-4931, Fax (301) 286-0341, Email

Email your questions to Julie A. Janus at

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