Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Mission and Instrument Payload Rideshare Opportunities Request for Information

By SpaceRef Editor
April 17, 2012
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Synopsis – Apr 16, 2012

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General Information
Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: RIDESHARE-RFI2012
Posted Date: Apr 16, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 16, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 01, 2012
Current Response Date: May 01, 2012
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 481212

Contracting Office Address

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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is soliciting information to conduct market research to improve its understanding of potential rideshare opportunities for future NASA science instruments or other technology demonstration payloads. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is interested in identifying opportunities for NASA to collaborate with commercial industry, academia, and other government agencies to help meet future scientific and technology demonstration missions launch needs.

For the purpose of this Request For Information (RFI):

A Rideshare Opportunity is shared orbital space launch of a Hosted Payload, a Secondary Payload or a Co-manifested Mission on a planned mission.

* A Hosted Payload or instrument is a payload manifested on a spacecraft bus flying on a primary space mission.

* A Secondary Payload is a small spacecraft (typically much less than 180 kgs) flying on a primary space mission.

* A Co-Manifested Mission is more than one spacecraft on the same launch vehicle.

In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), the information requested is for planning purposes only and is not intended to bind the Government.

Instructions to Respondents:

NASA/GSFC appreciates responses from all capable and qualified U.S. sources including, but not limited to, NASA Centers, universities, university affiliated research centers, federally funded research and development centers, private or public companies, and government research laboratories.

NASA-GSFC may contact respondents to this RFI, if clarifications or further information is needed.

Respondents are required to address each of the following technical specifications for each respective rideshare opportunity.

*The type of Rideshare Opportunity (Hosted Payloads, Secondary Payload or Co-manifest)

*The Mission name

*The Mission type

*The Mission sponsor

*The scheduled launch date along with: a.Rideshare Instrument or Mission Readiness Date b.On orbit parameters (such as Apogee Altitude (km), Perigee Altitude (km), Inclination (deg), C3 (km2/s2), geosynchronous longitude (deg) c.Available Mass (kg), Power (W), Volume (m3), Data rate (Mb/s), data interfaces, and mechanical interfaces for rideshare opportunity (as applicable) d.Summary of proposed services (e.g. Launch support equipment, bandwidth, etc.) e.Rough order of magnitude of the proposed opportunity f.Any other information relevant to the opportunity

This information shall be submitted in the attached document titled: Rideshare Opportunities Submission. Each Rideshare Opportunity that could be available to NASA/GSFC should be disclosed in the same submission.

Respondents are also required to address the following programmatic items:

* Company name, name of corporate point of contact, telephone number, full mailing address, and e-mail address.

* Size of the company, number of years in business; affiliate information (if applicable): parent company, joint venture partners, potential teaming partners.

* Corporate competencies and past performance with regard to the development and production of similar robot systems. Relevant flight heritage/history is extremely important.

* Corporate competencies

* Past performance information which reflects the company’s rideshare launches in the last five years. Please provide a brief description of the rideshare opportunity; the value of the action; if your company was the prime contractor or the subcontractor; and the point of contact information (POC) of the customer (name of the company/Agency, customer’s name, phone number, and email address)

How to Respond:

* Submit by May 01, 2012 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

* Electronic submission is preferred.

* The technical specifications shall be submitted in the Rideshare Opportunities Submission template, which is provided with the RFI.

* The programmatic items shall be addressed in 10 pages or less, 12-point font size, one inch margins.

* Respondents are welcome to submit supplementary information. Supplementary material may not exceed 10 pages.

* Format for programmatic items and supplemental information: Microsoft Word (.doc) or Portable Document Format (.pdf).

* Mark all responses: Rideshare Opportunities Submission

All responses shall be submitted to:

Robert Connerton NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 505 Bldg 33: Rm E109 Greenbelt, MD 20771 E-mail:

Questions and comments are welcomed. All questions regarding and correspondence associated with this RFI should be conducted by email.

At this time, NASA is exploring the possibility of a future acquisition as a result of this RFI. 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. It is the potential offeror’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

Point of Contact

Name: Dona D. Vanterpool
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-7905
Fax: 301-286-1773

Name: Nylsevalis Oritz-Collazo
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-2387
Fax: 301-286-1670

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