Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Candidate Mission for the NASA Explorer Program

By SpaceRef Editor
September 19, 2009
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Synopsis – Sep 16, 2009

Explorers POD – Posted on Sep 16, 2009 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: GBN-6652009
Posted Date: Sep 16, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 16, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Oct 16, 2009
Current Response Date: Oct 16, 2009
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 927110 – Space Research and Technology
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

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


This is a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Small Explorers (SMEX) or Medium Explorers (MIDEX), currently anticipated within the next 6 to 18 months. The Goddard Space Flight Center is developing a mission concept to be proposed for this AO. This partnership opportunity is being issued to select a teaming partner(s) to develop the mechanical cryo-cooler design for the mission.

The proposed mission is currently in pre-Phase A. The mission will be proposed in response to the next Explorer AO. The cost cap for this AO is not yet known. The previous Small Explorers AO, issued in September 2007, had a cost cap of $105M excluding a NASA-provided launch vehicle.

There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the AO proposal cycle. If the proposed mission is selected for a Phase A Concept Study, limited funding will be available according to the budget developed during proposal preparation. If the proposed mission is selected for flight, partner(s) will be funded according to the budget developed during AO proposal phase.

For the portion of this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the initial submission to the Explorer AO there will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners. Funding will be available for Phase A and subsequent phases should the mission be competitively selected for those additional phases.

Points of Contact: Questions about this POD should be directed to Julie Crooke (Phone: 301-286-7255, Email:

Final Due Date of POD Response: The response of the POD is due 5 pm EDT on October 16, 2009. The electronic PDF document shall be sent to Julie Crooke (Email:

The requested information through this POD is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that NASA will solicit the submitter for a procurement of any related effort in the future. NASA will not be responsible for any costs incurred by submitters in furnishing this information.

This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited. An ombudsman has been appointed. See Internet Note “B”. The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, or PowerPoint 4.0) format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The WWW address, or URL, of the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is .

It is the offerors responsibility to monitor this cite for the release of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments, if any. Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL: .

Point of Contact

Name: Dawn M. Fountain
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-3815
Fax: 301-286-1773

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