Status Report

NASA Solicitation: FAST Satellite Flight Operations

By SpaceRef Editor
March 11, 2009
Filed under , ,

Synopsis – Mar 10, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNG09FAST
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 10, 2009
Original Response Date: Mar 19, 2009
Current Response Date: Mar 19, 2009
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 611310 – Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC has a requirement for continued Flight Operations of the Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer Program (FAST) satellite.

NASA/GSFC intends to purchase the items from The University of California Berkeley (UCB) on a sole source basis. The authority for Other Than Full and Open Competition is 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), Only One Responsible Source. UCB will carry forward the flight operations already in place, and support the final mission operations and mission close out activities that involve operations.

UCB is the only organization currently qualified to perform this requirement for the following reasons: 1) Only UCB possesses the high level scientific expertise, the detailed knowledge of the satellite, the capability to execute the operations in a manner in which the scientific operations and the flight operations can be merged, along with the requisite educational opportunities; 2) UCB designed, fabricated, calibrated, tested, and integrated the science instruments and flight computer on the FAST spacecraft from 1989-1996, and, UCB has been carrying out the flight operations of the FAST satellite since 2000, resulting in their scientists and engineers having unique knowledge of the FAST satellite and the flight computer software systems; and 3) UCB scientists have led the effort in the community to analyze the data from the FAST satellite, and are currently the only organization with the capability to perform the combined scientific and flight operations in conjunction with the educational opportunities.

The Government does not intend 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. EST time on the date mentioned above. Please submit your responses to Rhea Frazier at Email: or fax (301) 286-1773. 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: Rhea Patricia Frazier
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-286-2028
Fax: 301-286-1773

Name: Michele R Connerton
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-286-6640
Fax: 301-286-1773

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