Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Kennedy Space Center Space Processing and Manufacturing Capability

By SpaceRef Editor
October 6, 2011
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Synopsis – Oct 06, 2011

Attachment 1 List of Equipment – Posted on Oct 06, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: KSC-RFI-SPM-Capability
Posted Date: Oct 06, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 06, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 04, 2011
Current Response Date: Nov 04, 2011
Classification Code: J — Maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment
NAICS Code: 336413 – Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899


This notice is issued by the NASA/KSC to post a Request For Information (RFI) via the internet, and solicit responses from interested parties. This document is for information and planning purposes and to allow industry the opportunity to verify reasonableness and feasibility of the requirement, as well as promote competition. Prospective offerors are invited to submit written comments or questions to Jael Lamonthe at and cc: Nancy Potts at All submissions must be received by 12:00 pm local time on October 19, 2011.

This RFI is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Respondents will not be notified of the results.

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 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/KSC Business Opportunities home page is It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet cite for the release of the RFI and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments, if any.

Kennedy Space Center Space Processing & Manufacturing Capability

Introduction: NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is looking to preserve an inventory of processing and manufacturing equipment for current and future mission support. This Request for Information (RFI) describes this equipment, currently underutilized as a result of the transition from the Space Shuttle Program to the future mission activities authorized by Congress. NASA KSC is seeking to identify potential industry interest in the operation and/or maintenance of this NASA property, identified in Attachment 1. NASA KSC is considering entering into a loan agreement for this property in which the submitter would, at its own expense, take possession of the equipment and maintain it for the term of the loan. NASA KSC is seeking for submitters to suggest how the equipment would be used and/or maintained in order to make the contemplated loan agreement feasible. Any agreement resulting from this RFI will be for the property identified in Attachment 1 in its entirety. These items are not to be divided.

Purpose: The purpose of this RFI is to collect information from industry to assist NASA KSC in identifying potential partners for the operation and/or maintenance of the NASA property identified in Attachment 1. Collectively, these assets are used in the manufacturing, repair and inspection techniques necessary for space flight hardware, avionics and ground processing. NASA KSC is considering entering into a loan agreement for these assets.

To the extent that NASA enters into a loan agreement, it will do so via a Space Act Agreement (SAA), consistent with its authority under the Space Act [51 U.S.C. SS 20101-164]. NASA would define in the Agreement the full roles and responsibilities of NASA and the selected partner. NASA would maintain the right to terminate the Agreement, in whole or in part, at any time for reasons it deems sufficient.

All relocation expenses would be the responsibility of the partner upon commencement of the Agreement. The partner would be fully responsible for the maintenance of the equipment, at its own expense, for the term of the loan. Upon completion of the Agreement, or if NASA withdraws part or all of the assets, the partner would be responsible for the safe transfer of the equipment to a location designated by NASA KSC.

The loan would not exceed five years, but could be subject to extension under specific circumstances. The property may be treated as offsite contractor-accountable Government Property subject to the requirements of FAR 52.245-1.

Objectives of the RFI: All categories of domestic entities organized under the laws of the United States or of a State, including U.S. Federal Government Agencies, are eligible to respond to the RFI. NASA KSC is interested in gathering information from viable organizations regarding their ability to provide support for the proposed loan agreement. NASA is specifically requesting the following information:

* Submitter name and address, as well as Point of Contact name, phone number and email address.

* A clear description of the proposed location for operating and/or maintaining the NASA property.

* A description of how the submitter can best support the loan of equipment, including a qualification plan, indicating how the property could be operated and/or maintained to meet NASA standards and certifications. * Identification of current or past Government contracts under which the submitter held contractor-accountable Government property subject to FAR 52.245-1, Government Property.

* A proposed timeline which includes obtaining and returning the property to NASA for the period of the loan agreement.

* A description of submitter assets and resources (e.g. people and facilities) to be used for the proposed loan agreement, including any NASA certifications and/or experience with NASA standards. A description of the submitter’s capital assets that would be used in conjunction with the loan agreement.

* A summary of the submitter’s ability to provide support for the proposed loan, including a demonstration that the submitter has sufficient financial resources to fulfill the terms of the loan in the proposed timeline.

In order to provide the Government prompt return of the equipment, the property must be located and/or maintained in a consolidated area within a 50 mile radius of the Kennedy Space Center.

Response Instructions: The requested responses are for information and planning purposes only. NASA does not intend to post information or questions received to any website or public access location. NASA does not plan to respond to the individual responses. NASA reserves the right to share all information received in response to this RFI throughout NASA and with its Federal and State Government partners.

It is not NASA’s intent to publicly disclose proprietary information obtained through this RFI; therefore, responses should not include any proprietary information. If proprietary information is included, it should be clearly marked. NASA will protect such data from public disclosure to the extent permitted under the Freedom of Information Act and other laws and regulations.

All responses must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) via email to and cc: Font should be Times New Roman, size 12. Responses should not exceed ten (10) pages and should reference “KSC-RFI-SPM-Capability”. Responses are due on or before 12:00 pm local time, November 4, 2011. Responses received after the due date will not be considered. Respondents will be sent an acknowledgment upon receipt of their materials.

NASA reserves the right to select all, some or none of the respondents for discussions.

This preliminary information is being made available for planning purposes only, subject to FAR Clause 52.215-3, entitled “Solicitation for Information and Planning Purposes.” It does not constitute a Request for Proposal, Invitation for Bid or Request for Quotation, and it is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract or other type of agreement. Moreover, the Government will not pay for the information submitted in response to this RFI, nor will the Government reimburse a submitter for costs incurred to prepare responses to this RFI.

No solicitation exists at this time; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized in the FedBizOps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Services (NAIS). It is the potential submitters’ responsibility to monitor these sites for release of any solicitation or synopsis.

NASA reserves the right to amend or withdraw this Request for Information at any time.

Comments and Questions: Comments and questions must be submitted in writing to Jael Lamonthe at and cc: Nancy Potts at All submissions must be received by 12:00 pm local time on October 19, 2011.

Point of Contact: Nancy Potts Economic Planner, Spaceport Planning Office Center Planning and Development Office (AA-D1) 321-867-4646

Point of Contact

Name: Nancy A Potts
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 321-867-4646
Fax: 321-867-4848

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