Status Report

NASA Solicitation: NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract Extension

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2009
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NASA Solicitation: NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract Extension

Synopsis – May 14, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NAS598020ONEYEAREXTENSION
Posted Date: May 14, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 14, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 29, 2009
Current Response Date: May 29, 2009
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility, Code 210.W, Wallops Island, VA 23337


NASA/GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) plans to extend Contract NAS5-98020, a Cost Plus Incentive/Award Fee, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for a period of 1 year beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010. Subsequent to this one year noncompetitive extension, NASA/GFSC/WFF intends to award a new contract based on a competitive basis. The DRAFT RFP for this competitive acquisition was released April 15, 2009. The scope of work of the existing contract requires the Contractor to implement all of the sounding rocket missions for the NASA Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP). This includes the formulation, design, fabrication, testing, and launch of approximately 20 to 30 suborbital rockets annually. The contract also supports the electrical fabrication, mechanical fabrication, and environmental testing requirements of Wallops Flight Facility as a whole. The NSRP supports heliophysics missions that involve auroral activity that is best studied during the months of January, February and March. As such, the program conducts yearly campaigns at northern latitudes with multiple rocket missions launched during this annually scheduled (January through March) event. For the FY2010 winter campaign, there are currently 4 missions scheduled to be launched from Poker Flat, Alaska and Andoya, Norway during this period. NASA/GSFC/WFF intends to procure the services on a noncompetitive basis from Northrop Grumman in accordance with 10 U.S.C 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1, Only or a limited number of responsible sources and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Northrop Grumman has the combined training, experience, and expertise to provide uninterrupted continuation of mission critical support to Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia. There is no known company that has the ability to establish a viable management support structure that will effectively transition the in-progress operations for the Sounding Rockets Program’s 2010 annual winter campaign without causing unacceptable mission disruption and programmatic risk. 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 May 29, 2009. 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. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”. All qualified responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL: The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Therese L. Patterson
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 757-824-1066
Fax: 757-824-1974

Name: Bernard J Pagliaro
Title: Procurement Manager
Phone: 757-824-1277
Fax: 757-824-1974

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