Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Alternative Radioisotope Power Source for Lunar Surface

By SpaceRef Editor
July 19, 2008
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NASA Solicitation: Alternative Radioisotope Power Source for Lunar Surface

Synopsis – Jul 16, 2008

Solicitation – Posted on Jul 16, 2008 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC08256399Q
Posted Date: Jul 16, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 16, 2008
Original Response Date: Jul 25, 2008
Current Response Date: Jul 25, 2008
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA/GRC has a requirement for an Alternative Radioisotope Power Source for Lunar Surface. The objective of the power system analysis is to arrive at a high-level recommendation of power system options for the first set of International Lunar Network (ILN) spacecraft.

NASA/GRC intends to purchase the items from the University Space Research Association, part of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), located at the Idaho National Laboratory. The CSNR is uniquely qualified to do the work due to their close physical location and working relationship with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), which has participated in the development of both the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) and the Multi-Mission RTG (MMRTG). The CSNR can provide rapid, unbiased and realistic assessments of the availability of the GPHS source materials. As an independent educational institute working outside of the government or nuclear power industry, CSNR can uniquely provide rapid, unbiased and realistic assessments of the availability of the GPHS source materials and timelines for providing small, low power radioisotope power sources (RPS) for the first nodes of a planned International Lunar Network (ILN) mission. Additionally, CSNR has the required expertise to identify the key issues, requirements, and appropriate approval actions associated with the launch of a GPHS, which must be delineated to enable the near-term evaluation of the potential use of low power RPS on the ILN mission. As an independent institute with expertise in the required evaluation areas, ready access to the required information and the ability to respond quickly within the bounds of the study, CSNR is a uniquely qualified source for this procurement.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, July 25, 2008. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. 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.

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

Name: Deborah L. Giavasis
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-5420
Fax: 216-433-2480

Government-wide Notes

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