Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Orbiter Mission Support Impact Testing and Analysis

By SpaceRef Editor
June 21, 2008
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NASA Solicitation: Orbiter Mission Support Impact Testing and Analysis

Synopsis – Jun 20, 2008
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General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ08257070R
Posted Date: Jun 20, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 20, 2008
Original Response Date: Jul 05, 2008
Current Response Date: Jul 05, 2008
Classification Code: B — Special studies and analysis – not R and D
NAICS Code: 541380 – Testing Laboratories

Contracting Office Address

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


The NASA/Johnson Space Center, Orbiter Project Office (OPO) has a requirement for the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), Orbiter Mission Support Impact Testing and Analysis effort. The planned period of performance for the contract is October 1, 2008 through December 31, 2010. The OPO requires a call-up capability for Thermal Protection System (TPS) impact testing during Space Shuttle missions if the OPO Manager determines such data would assist in the safety assessment of the ongoing mission. The OPO may elect to perform testing post-landing in support of in-flight anomaly (IFA) resolution. The contractor shall provide facilities capable to performing debris impact testing. This includes maintaining test equipment for rapid call-up during Space Shuttle missions as needed. The contractor shall also perform TPS impact testing and analysis when directed via technical directions by NASA Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR).

NASA/JSC intends to purchase the items from Southwest Research Corporation (SwRI) on a sole source basis. SwRI has the testing and analysis resources available at this time to complete all of these tasks in support of the SSP. SwRI’s facility has a full complement of barrels, launchers and refined techniques to launch simulated ascent debris to the range of velocities that the Orbiter program requires. SwRI has demonstrated the capability to launch foam impactors exceeding Mach 3 in ambient atmosphere. This enables testing of full scale Orbiter TPS under realistic ascent conditions.

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

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort through email to the points of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on July 15, 2008. The points of contact are: Suzan P. Moody, Contracting Officer at; Eddie Williams, Contract Specialist at; and John McKinnie, Orbiter Project Office at

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: Suzan P. Moody
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-244-8772
Fax: 281-244-6102

Name: Eddie L. Williams
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-0325
Fax: 281-244-6102

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