Status Report

NASA Solicitation: International Space Station Dewar

By SpaceRef Editor
April 5, 2013
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Synopsis – Apr 04, 2013

Draft Document – Posted on Apr 04, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNG13FA89SS
Posted Date: Apr 04, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 04, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Apr 22, 2013
Current Response Date: Apr 22, 2013
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541990

Contracting Office Address

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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is issuing this sources sought synopsis as a means of conducting market research to improve its understanding of current capabilities for producing a flight dewar system for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support a potential procurement. Interested parties including Small, Small Disadvantaged (SDB), 8(a), Woman-owned (WOSB), Veteran Owned (VOSB), Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SD-VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) businesses, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Institutions (MI) are asked to provide capability statements. The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement. NASA is seeking specific information on the capabilities of individual contractors, and feedback on the specific technical objectives per the attached draft Statement of Work (PDF file).

In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), the information requested is for planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that NASA will take procurement action in this matter. Further, neither NASA, nor the Government will be responsible for any costs incurred in furnishing this information.


It is not NASA’s intent to publicly disclose vendor proprietary information obtained during this sources sought request. To the full extent that it is protected pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and other laws and regulations, information identified by a respondent as “Proprietary or Confidential” will be kept confidential. It is emphasized that this sources sought request is NOT a Request for Proposal, Quotation, or Invitation for Bid; submission of any information in response to this market survey is purely voluntary. This request is for information and planning purposes only, subject to FAR 15.201(e) and FAR Clause 52.215-3 entitled “Solicitation for Information or Planning Purposes”. This sources sought request is NOT to be construed as a commitment, implied or otherwise, that the Government will enter into a contractual agreement, nor will the Government pay for information submitted in response to this sources sought.

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS). It is the potential offeror’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. BASED ON THE RESPONSES TO THIS SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE/MARKET RESEARCH, THIS REQUIREMENT MAY BE SET-ASIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES OR PROCURED THROUGH FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION.

Your response must be submitted in writing via e-mail to all the points of contact as outlined below. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted or acknowledged, and no feedback or evaluations will be provided to companies regarding their submissions. As part of its assessment of industry capabilities, the NASA/GSFC may contact respondents to this sources sought request , if clarifications or further information is needed.


NASA is performing market research for a potential procurement for a flight Dewar for use in a cryogenic experiment on the International Space Station. The instrumented Dewar will be integrated with a receiver tank, and used in a demonstration of the storage and transfer of liquid methane in zero g. Constraints on the experiment timeline will require the tank to be maintained with zero boiloff for six months or more. See the attached draft Statement of Work PDF document for full specifications.


Interested parties who consider themselves qualified to perform the effort as outlined in the attached draft Statement of Work are invited to submit their electronic response to this Sources Sought Notice no later than April 22, 2013, 5pm EDT. All responses under this Sources Sought Notice must be emailed to all points of contact outlined below. The response shall be addressed in 15 pages or less, 12 point font size, one inch margins. Respondents are welcome to submit supplementary information. There is no page limit in supporting documentation. Format of the electronic document shall be Microsoft Word (.docx) or Portable Document Format (PDF). All responses shall be marked “Sources Sought, ISS Dewar”. Respondents are required to address the following items and must properly identify/mark any classified and proprietary information:

*Organization name, name of corporate point of contact, address, email address, and telephone number *Size and type of ownership for the organization *Information on the company’s capabilities in reference to the attached design requirements *Examples of previous experience with similar projects *Back-of-the-envelope analysis of mass, volume and heat load for the dewar *Feasibility of meeting the delivery schedule *Rough order of magnitude (ROM) cost estimate for budgetary purposes. Identify the most important cost drivers for this procurement, such as specific elements of thermal requirements or mass budget *Any assistance that may be needed by the company from NASA to successfully complete this effort

If you have any questions concerning this request please email both points of contact outlined below. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement. However, it is the potential offeror’s responsibility to monitor FedBizOpps and NAIS for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

The draft Statement of Work titled, “Statement of Work – ISS Dewar” is attached.

Point of Contact

Name: Claudia Canales
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-5990
Fax: 301-286-1670

Name: Dean S Patterson
Title: Procurement Manager
Phone: 301-286-8085
Fax: 301-286-1670

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