Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Engineering and Science Services Contract Extension

By SpaceRef Editor
July 19, 2008
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Synopsis – Jul 16, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNJ05HI05C
Posted Date: Jul 16, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 16, 2008
Original Response Date: Jul 31, 2008
Current Response Date: Jul 31, 2008
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA has a requirement to extend its Engineering and Science Services (ESC) Contract NNJ05HI05C at the Johnson Space Center for a period of 3-years. This contract provides engineering products and services supporting the JSC Engineering Directorate. The contract extension will extend the period of performance through January 31, 2013 (current end date is January 31, 2010). Jacobs Technology, Inc. is the ESC contractor which began February 1, 2005 performing engineering design, development, test, analysis, and real time operations support services for human spaceflight. Pursuant to FAR 6.302-1, NASA intends to extend the above contract to January 31, 2013.

As the incumbent ESC contractor, Jacobs Technology, Inc. supports SSP systems’ prelaunch readiness and on-orbit operations. Transitioning the ESC contract in January 2010 poses major technical and safety risks to the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) final flights, and International Space Station (ISS). Jacobs Technology, Inc. also supports the design and has built critical hardware for the 6 person crew necessary for initial operational phase of a 6 person ISS crew in 2010. It is essential that the operations and on-orbit anomaly resolution be supported by the teams that have designed and built this hardware. Disruption due to contract transition poses significant technical risk to successful 6 person crew operations on the ISS. In addition to the critical support to the SSP & ISS programs, transitioning the contract poses a major technical risk to the Constellation Program (CxP). Jacobs is supporting the Engineering Directorate in the design and development of critical hardware for the Orion Project. This hardware, which is in the preliminary design phase, is required to be delivered to the Orion Project in 2013. Examples of critical hardware design and development include: the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Parachute Assembly System (CPAS), Low Impact Docking System (LIDS), and Androgynous Peripheral Assembly System (APAS) to LIDS Adapter System (ATLAS). Transitioning the ESC contractor before 2013 would likely cause a significant disruption and delay in the continued development and production of the hardware needed for the initial operational capability of the Orion space vehicle. This design work also affects the initial flights of Orion to ISS as well as system/subsystem management support for the Orion Project.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities, qualifications and approach in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on July 31, 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.

Companies interested in subcontracting opportunities should contact Jacobs Technology, Inc. directly.

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: Adrian D. Clayton
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-8498
Fax: 281-244-0995

Name: Cynthia W. Maclean
Title: Contract Officer
Phone: 281-244-5903
Fax: 281-483-4066

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