Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Notice of Intent to Award on a Sole Source Basis: Orbimage Corporation

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: NNS05092321R
Posted Date: Feb 14, 2005
Original Response Date: Feb 24, 2005
Current Response Date: Feb 24, 2005
Original Archive Date: Feb 14, 2006
Current Archive Date: Feb 14, 2006
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
Naics Code: 541370 — Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

Contracting Office Address

NASA Procurement Office, Code DA00, Stennis Space Center (SSC), MS 39529-6000


The Stennis Space Center Acquisition Management Office intends to issue a sole source, firm fixed price contract to Orbimage Corporation, Dulles, VA 20166, for a large volume of space-based multispectral imagery of the Earth from the SEAWiFs instrument on board the OrbView-2 Spacecraft.     The contract will have a base period of one year with options for four additional years. The principal objective is to acquire data that is critical for the study of the role of the oceans in the earth’s biogeochemical process, especially the effect of the temporal and spatial variability in phytoplankton and their impact on the global carbon cycle.    

The data required must be space-based, global in scope and provide full coverage of the earth every two days (excluding cloud cover and low sun elevations).    

The instrument that collects the data must be well characterized and sufficiently well calibrated so as to provide for a long-term, stable record of the earth’s bio-optical properties.    

The sensor used should have a sufficient heritage in the provision of data to the earth science community, including the public availability of data and a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed literature.    

This heritage may have been generated on the instrument for which the data are being offered or from another instrument for which there is a sufficient degree of commonality with the current instrument so as to provide a seamless transition in the derived measurements.      

This is a Commercial Item Acquisition under FAR Part 12.      

The remote sensing data acquired in this procurement will be used by the NASA Applied Science community to conduct on-going global science research. This is a sole source procurement under the authority of FAR 6.302-1.    

The Government believes only one responsible source can provide the service that will satisfy the agency requirements.    

This notice of intent is not a request for quotation (RFQ) for competitive quotes.    

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 3:00 p.m. local time on February 24, 2005.    

Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis.     Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.    

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government.    

Solicitation NNS05092321R will be issued to Orbimage, Corporation on     February 25, 2005, with a response due no later than March 3, 2005.

Point of Contact

Beth L Bradley, Contracting Officer, Phone (228) 688-3764, Fax (228) 688-1141, Email – James D. Huk, Contracting Officer, Phone (228) 688-1045, Fax (228) 688-1141, Email

Email your questions to Beth L Bradley at

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