Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Launch Services Revision D

By SpaceRef Editor
June 10, 2009
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Synopsis – Jun 10, 2009

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General Information

Solicitation Number: RFP10-99-0021REVD
Posted Date: Jun 10, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 10, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Aug 12, 2009
Current Response Date: Aug 12, 2009
Classification Code: V — Transportation, travel, and relocation services
NAICS Code: 336414 – Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to issue Revision D to the NASA Launch Services (NLS) Request for Proposal (RFP) on or around July 10, 2009 to extend the NLS contract ordering period an additional ten years from June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2020. As a result, changes are expected to be incorporated into the NLS contract such as:

* Increase potential maximum contract value * Require one successful launch prior to LSTO proposal submission * Decrease number of on-ramp periods per year * Grant Authority to Proceed via task order award * Redefine criteria for determination of partial mission success * Establish contract deliverable for summary of records holdings * Revise terms and conditions to better align with current NLS practices

The initial NLS RFP was issued on October 18, 1999 with a ten-year ordering period. The NLS on-ramp provision accommodated proposal submissions twice a year from new launch service providers desiring to obtain an NLS contract and for new technology from current NLS contractors. To date, the RFP has resulted in the award of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order contracts to United Launch Services – Delta, United Launch Services – Atlas, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. Each August during the life of this contract, or at any other time established via synopsis, the Government will accept proposals from new launch services providers for IDIQ contracts and proposals from existing IDIQ contractors for additional launch services.

The Executive Summary, which provides an overview of the requirements contained in the subject RFP, along with the NLS RFP revision D and mission model can be found at: on or around July 10, 2009. The Executive Summary also conveys NASA’s intent to utilize commercial provider’s capabilities and processes to the maximum extent possible. The mission model is being provided to identify potential launch service needs through 2020. It is anticipated that proposals will be due on or around August 12, 2009. An ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Existing providers and new providers shall submit complete proposals that address all requirements in the solicitation. Change pages submitted addressing revisions to the solicitation will not be accepted.

Proposals should be mailed or hand-carried to:

NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center Mail Stop: OP-LS, Attn: Joseph M. Bell, Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building, M7-355 (Room No. 3142C) Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899.


This acquisition is restricted to domestic sources. Minimum contract requirements are set forth in Attachment E3, Paragraph 1.0 of the NLS RFP. Specifically, offerors must be domestic launch service providers and must be ISO 9001/2008 certified by the time of proposal submission. An official of the company who is authorized to bind the company must sign your proposal. Your proposal must also contain a statement that the offer is firm for a period of 180 days from your submittal date. You must provide the company name and complete address (including street, city, state, and nine-digit zip code) and the Data Universal Numbering System number applicable to that name and address.

The RFP does not commit the Government to award a contract nor does it obligate the Government to pay for any cost incurred in the preparation and submittal of proposals or in anticipation of a contract. The Government reserves the right to reject any and all proposals should such action be in the interest of the Government.

The Attachments to the NLS RFP are an integral part hereof. If you fail to obtain or locate any part of the RFP, promptly notify Joseph Bell at (321) 867-1269. Offerors are hereby notified that funds are not presently available for this effort. The Government’s obligation is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for contract purposes can be made. It is anticipated that funds will be available at the time of contract award.

A draft of the RFP revision D is being posted along with this Synopsis to seek comments on proposed changes to the NLS contract. All proposed changes to the current RFP are identified with change bars. The draft RFP can be found at . Written questions/comments regarding this draft RFP must be submitted via email to Joseph Bell at and Steve Peterson at on or before June 24, 2009 and shall cite the solicitation number. To permit a formal Government response, any comments or questions should not be marked as confidential or proprietary business information, competition sensitive, etc. Comments will be reviewed, and if appropriate, changes will be made to the RFP before release of the final RFP. Questions/comments received after June 24, 2009 will be considered but may not be answered. Responses to questions/comments will be posted at the following link: . NASA intends to release the final RFP on or around July 10, 2009, and encourages new and existing providers to submit proposals.

Once the final RFP is released, new and existing providers will be required to propose to all terms and conditions as specified in the RFP Revision D.

Point of Contact

Name: Joseph M Bell
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 321-867-1269
Fax: 321-867-4848

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