Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Commercial Payload Processing for East Coast Spacecraft Launching on Expendable Launch Vehicles Between FY 2010 and 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
September 13, 2009
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Synopsis – Sep 11, 2009
General Information
Solicitation Number: NNK09ZOP001R
Posted Date: Sep 11, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 11, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 28, 2009
Current Response Date: Sep 28, 2009
Classification Code: X — Lease or rental of facilities
NAICS Code: 531120 – Lessors of Nonresidential Buildings (except Miniwarehouses)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899


NASA KSC plans to issue a sole source, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Astrotech Space Operations for commercial payload processing support for East Coast expendable launch missions launching between Fiscal Years 2011 and 2013. The missions are scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida, on Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs) and Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELVs). The IDIQ contract will provide for the issuance of a task order for each mission during the contract period. The effort will include providing a range of services and processing capabilities, including but not limited to the following: advance planning, facilities, supplies, commodities, and services necessary for the Spacecraft Users and Launch Service Contractors (LSC) to perform prelaunch processing of the spacecraft with a third stage and/or payload adapter, and encapsulation/transport of the completed payload stacks to the Pad. Detailed requirements will be developed for each spacecraft to specify the exact facility capability, equipment, and manpower support required. Payload processing generally begins three months prior to the launch date. It is anticipated that Payload Processing Task Orders (PPTO) for each mission will be awarded 1 year prior to launch. The Occupancy Period is 14 weeks in duration from the Initial Facility Occupancy date as specified in the PPTO to the Facility Departure Date, 7 days after the launch. The payload is then transported to CCAFS, mated to the launch vehicle, and launched.
Astrotech Space Operations is the only known vendor that can provide the required payload processing services. There will be only one award made for this requirement. This is a sole source commercial item acquisition under FAR Part 6.302-1 and FAR Part 12. The Government believes only one responsible source can satisfy the agency’s requirements.

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

Interested organizations may submit a detailed description of their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 28, 2009. 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. This acquisition is unrestricted. The NAICS Code is 531120. The DPAS Rating for this procurement is DO-C9. The anticipated release of this RFP is on or about October 30, 2009 with responses due not later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2009.

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: Karim F Hourani
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 321-867-7234
Fax: 321-867-4848

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