Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity Document for Explorers

By SpaceRef Editor
August 12, 2010
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Synopsis – Aug 11, 2010

Partnership Opportunity Document for Explorers – Posted on Aug 11, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: 401-2010-GBN
Posted Date: Aug 11, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 11, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 10, 2010
Current Response Date: Sep 10, 2010
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has an Announcement of Opportunity for an Explorers Mission in the Fall/Winter of 2010. The AO is expected in the late Summer/early Fall of 2010. NASA GSFC is seeking a partner to provide a spacecraft with related spacecraft subsystems for a potential proposal. The potential GSFC Explorer mission is designed to meet the science goals of the Explorer Program, as currently understood.

GSFC mission teams will be submitting proposals to the Explorers AO currently scheduled for release in Fall 2010. The AO is a two-step process, with the first proposal response being primarily focused on the merit and feasibility of the science objectives of the proposed mission. The initial submissions will then be down-selected, and the resultant subset of proposals will be funded to perform Phase A concept studies. During Phase A, proposals will be expanded and refined to detail the entire end-to-end mission life cycle concept, with greater attention to engineering implementation. While the AO schedule cannot be specified at this time, the following is estimated based on earlier AO’s and related missions:

AO release Fall 2010 Proposals due Three months after AO Phase A selection Nine months after AO release Phase A concept study report Twelve months after selection Mission selection Sixteen months after selection Launch Readiness Date NLT 31 December 2018 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.

Notice of Interest shall be sent to via email with ‘Notice of Interest’ in the subject line, a simple sentence or two expressing interest and an email and address to send further information. For purposes of this partnership opportunity, the GSFC Explorer Team contact is, 301-286-7255, and backup is, 301-286-8340.

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: 301-286-3318
Fax: 301-286-1773

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