Status Report

NASA Solicitation: International Space Station Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles

By SpaceRef Editor
October 16, 2011
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NASA Solicitation: International Space Station Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles

Synopsis – Oct 14, 2011

Draft Document – Posted on Oct 14, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ12393918R
Posted Date: Oct 14, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 14, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 02, 2011
Current Response Date: Nov 02, 2011
Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services
NAICS Code: 336419 – Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the International Space Station Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) System.

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

The procurement is a full and open competition.

The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 336419 and 1,000 employees.

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

The release date of the Draft RFP (DRFP) is October 14, 2011. After its release, NASA/JSC will hold a pre-proposal conference on October 27, 2011. For instructions and information on this pre-proposal conference and one-on-one meetings please refer to the C2V2 Website. This will allow industry to ask questions specific to the DRFP. Industry is requested to submit questions in writing so that the Government may officially respond. Questions regarding the DRFP are due to the Contracting Officer, Kirby L. Condron, by November 2, 2011.

The anticipated release date of the Final RFP is about November 22, 2011, with an anticipated proposal due date on or about January 12, 2012.

Updated information concerning the acquisition and schedule can be viewed at the following website when it becomes available:

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Melanie Saunders @ 281-483-0490.

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents 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 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).

Prospective offerors are invited to submit written comments or questions via electronic transmission or by facsimile transmission. When responding, reference NNJ12393918R. TELEPHONE QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Point of Contact

Name: Kirby L. Condron
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-244-1297
Fax: 281-244-2330


The C2V2 is a two-way communications system for use between the ISS and Visiting Vehicles (VVs) during rendezvous, proximity, departure, and docked operations.

Space Station Program (SSP) Document 50808 (SSP 50808), ISS to Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Interface Requirements Document (IRD), defines the requirement for two-way communications between the ISS and VVs. Communication is required to provide the following primary data exchanges:

– Two-way audio between crewmembers on the ISS and the VV for crewed VVs
– VV and ISS navigation data exchange for all VVs
– Commands from the ISS to the VV for uncrewed VVs
– Other two-way data exchanges for situational awareness and to support vehicle operations

The C2V2 must provide communications coverage throughout the required VV trajectories and during docked operations for all identified docking ports and trajectories. The C2V2 requirements were derived from the concept of operations documented in JSC 65991, Concept of Operations (ConOps) for the International Space Station Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) System.

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