Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Modification of Multipurpose Logistics Module

By SpaceRef Editor
February 26, 2011
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Synopsis – Feb 24, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ11365160R
Posted Date: Feb 24, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 24, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Mar 11, 2011
Current Response Date: Mar 11, 2011
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 921190 – Other General Government Support

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/JSC has a requirement for the implementation of supporting structures to carry on-orbit additional payload mass. The support structure kit will have the similar design of the one provided for the Flight Module (FM)-1. The kit will support the installation of twelve (12) Cargo Transfer Bags (CTB) on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Flight Module (FM) aft cone.

NASA/JSC intends to contract directly with Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (translated as Italian Space Agency) hereinafter as ASI, for these services on a sole source basis.

ASI and NASA entered into an agreement (The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)) on October 9, 1997, which states that ASI has design control of the MPLM and has the responsibility for maintaining the design configuration. MPLM’s are pressurized logistic modules, each accommodating storage containers for the purpose of transporting user payload and resupply items in a pressurized environment.

These specific terms of the NASA/ASI MOU have the effect of limiting this MPLM modification to ASI, since ASI is to provide payloads that meet ISS defined standards under article 6.2(b) (16) defined in the MOU. Article 6.2(b)(8) also states that ASI is to perform sustaining engineering functions of hardware for the operational lifetime, which is why NASA requires the use of a sole source basis, since ASI maintains all intellectual property rights to the MPLM.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on March 11, 2011. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

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

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Marianne D. Ruiz
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-8528
Fax: 281-244-2370

Name: Mario A. Tijerina II
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-2217
Fax: 281-244-2370

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