Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Crew Robotics and Vehicle Equipment

By SpaceRef Editor
January 28, 2009
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Synopsis – Jan 27, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ09BH0123R
Posted Date: Jan 27, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 27, 2009
Original Response Date: Feb 09, 2009
Current Response Date: Feb 09, 2009
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for work to perform advanced studies, design, development, testing, manufacturing, and evaluation (DDTM&E) and sustaining engineering (SE) necessary to certify, deliver and maintain Extravehicular Activity (EVA) equipment, Flight Crew Equipment (FCE), Crew Health and Conditioning Systems (CHeCS), Extravehicular Robotics (EVR) equipment, Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLSS) equipment, Active Thermal Control Systems (ATCS) equipment, Avionics equipment, and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) necessary to support these systems. The products and services will support the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), the International Space Station Program (ISS), Constellation Program (CxP), and other Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for these human space flight programs. Sustaining engineering for existing projects within these programs will also be performed. This effort will include the necessary labor, material, equipment, and facilities to accomplish the tasks required by the contract. These categories will subsequently be referred to as Crew, Robotics, Avionics, and Vehicle Equipment (CRAVE).

Multiple IDIQ contract awards are anticipated. At least one award will be made to an educational or nonprofit institution under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(3) as contemplated by the provisions of FAR 6.302-3(a)(2)(ii) which states that “full and open competition need not be provided when it is necessary to award the contract to a particular source or sources in order to establish or maintain an essential engineering, research, or development capability to be provided by an educational or other nonprofit institution.”


A CRAVE Industry Day is planned for this procurement. NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA/JSC) is hereby soliciting firms to attend on February 17-18, 2009 at the NASA/JSC Gilruth Recreation Center. The presentation to industry will be held on February 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Alamo Ballroom. One-on-one communication opportunities will be scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 17th and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18th in the San Jacinto meeting room at the Gilruth Center.


The goals of Industry Day are to:

1. Promote competition on the CRAVE recompetition.

2. Develop industry understanding of the Government’s current vision and objectives pertaining to the contract.

3. Allow NASA/JSC to utilize industry input to improve the CRAVE RFP.


Industry Day is open to all firms: both companies that have performed work at JSC and those that have not performed work and are interested in pursuing contracting opportunities. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Industry is requested to RSVP by close of business on Monday, February 9, 2009, by e-mail to the Contract Specialist, Mary F. Thomas, at Attendance is limited to three attendees per company. The RSVP request shall include the following information:

1. In the subject line of your e-mail note: “CRAVE Industry Day RSVP.”

2. Point of contact’s name, company, address, and phone number.

3. Names and titles of attendees (limited to three) attending from your company.


Industry Day will focus on the understanding of the Government’s current CRAVE contract at NASA/JSC, and its reflection of the requirements for the recompetition of this contract. It is the Government’s intention to post a draft Statement of Work (SOW) in the near future.

A Q&A period will follow the presentation. Questions may be answered, but keep in mind that this event is an open exchange with industry and no answers given will be considered official.

A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) is planned to be released. After its release NASA/JSC will hold a pre-proposal conference. This will allow industry to ask questions specific to the draft RFP. Industry will then be requested to submit questions in writing so that the Government may officially respond.


To facilitate open communications with industry, personnel will be available for one-on-one meetings in conjunction with Industry Day.

The purpose of the one-on-one meetings is to provide industry with the opportunity to better understand the existing requirements under CRAVE. It is intended as a question and answer session. The government will not prepare a presentation and will depend solely on the prospective offeror to ask questions.

An individual company or a group of businesses planning to team or subcontract may attend; however, each company is limited to three participants. A maximum of eight individuals representing a team of partnered companies may attend a one-on-one meeting. Meetings will not exceed 30 minutes in length, and each company will be limited to one meeting.

Scheduling of appointment times are on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments will be scheduled in 30-minute increments between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on February 17, 2009, and between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on February 18, 2009. Should the number of firms requesting a one-on-one meeting exceed the allotted time, additional meetings may be held the week of February 23, 2009. Appointment times after the Industry Day will be contingent on the availability of personnel. However, we will attempt to schedule all meetings as quickly as possible to prevent unnecessary delays.

To schedule your one-on-one appointment, please contact the Contract Specialist, Mary F. Thomas, via e-mail at no later than Monday, February 9, 2009. The one-on-one request shall include the following information:

1. In the subject line of your e-mail note: “CRAVE One-on-One RSVP.”

2. Point of contact’s name, company, address, and phone number.

3. Names and titles of attendees (limited to three) attending from your company.


From Bay Area Blvd. (heading east from I-45 South):

Turn right on Space Center Blvd. and go 2.0 miles. The Gilruth entrance is the second entrance on the right.

From NASA Parkway (heading east from I-45 South):

Turn left on Space Center Blvd. and go 0.8 mi. The Gilruth entrance is on the left. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 541330 and $4.5 M, respectively.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

The anticipated release date of a RFP is on or about May 2009 with an anticipated offer due date of on or about September 2009.

An ombudsman has been appointed — See NASA Specific Note “B”.

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will be in Microsoft Office 2003 format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/JSC Business Opportunities home page is

Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). All contractual and technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail). Correspondence for the CRAVE acquisition should be submitted to the CRAVE email address at Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Name: Mary F. Thomas
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-8828
Fax: 281-483-2138

Name: Ronald Johnson
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-4164
Fax: 281-483-2138

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