Status Report

NASA Small Spacecraft Technology State of the Art Survey

By SpaceRef Editor
August 19, 2013
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Synopsis – Aug 19, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: ARC0819SOTA
Posted Date: Aug 19, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 19, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 18, 2013
Current Response Date: Sep 18, 2013
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712
Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001


NASA/ARC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources as follows: On behalf of the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP), NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) is currently collecting information regarding the State of the Art for technology, components, and systems relevant to small spacecraft. Areas of interest include: Structures, Materials, & Mechanisms; Communications; Propulsion; Power; Command and Data Handling; Attitude Control; Thermal Systems; Software (Architectures, Methodologies); Guidance, Navigation, and Control; Spacecraft Integration; Launch, and Deployment; Ground Systems / Mission Operations; Optics; and Optoelectronics. In order to be considered State of the Art a technology, component, or system shall be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or greater. Documentation of this level must be available.

NASA/SSTP is seeking capability statements from all interested parties, including Small, Small Disadvantaged (SDB), 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Veteran Owned (VOSB), Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SD-VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) businesses, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Institutions (MI) for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition. The Government reserves the right to consider a Small, 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Service Disabled Veteran (SD-VOSB), or HUBZone business set-aside based on responses hereto.

RESPONSE FORMAT: Responses shall be limited to two pages including graphics and shall 1) Describe the fundamental operation of the technology, component, or system, 2) Recommend potential application, 3) Provide a development history, and 4) Document the tests or activities used to achieve TRL 6. Data collected by this RFI shall be integrated into a database to be used by NASA for research and analyses purposes. An example of the proposed database information table is provided below.
Technology Name-
Description  Developer Technology Readiness Level Missions on which technology has flown or other data backing up TRL assessment
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather and assess industry availability and capability to provide small satellite technologies that shall enable a variety of Small Satellite based missions.

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offeror’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

Vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation, literature, photographs/ brochures, and references.

Please provide a description of your company’s manufacturing facilities and personnel, website address, number of years in business, and/or examples of previous work performed for Government or private customers that is similar to this current NASA requirement. Please advise if the requirement is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type product. A commercial item is defined in FAR 2.101. DO NOT PROVIDE PROPRIETARY INFORMATION IN YOUR RESPONSE. Information in your response may be made available to the public through the NASA database. Material marked “Proprietary” will not be reviewed.

This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement. No solicitation is planned at this time, although the collective responses may serve to direct future acquisitions All responses shall be submitted to Marla Lefevre ( no later than September 18, 2013, 4:30 pm PT. Please reference ARC0819SOTA in any response.

For all technical questions please contact Elwood Agasid at 650-604-0558. For all procedural or contractual issues please contact Marla Lefevre at 650-604-5775.

Point of Contact

Name: Marla P Lefevre Title: Contracting Officer Phone: 650-604-5775 Fax: 650-604-4646 Email:

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