Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity for EV Pointing System Control

By SpaceRef Editor
April 26, 2011
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Synopsis – Apr 26, 2011
Partnership Opportunity Document – Posted on Apr 26, 2011

General Information
Solicitation Number: EV101-GBN
Posted Date: Apr 26, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 26, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 16, 2011
Current Response Date: May 16, 2011
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 GSFC is seeking a partner to provide the pointing control system for a nadir-viewing instrument on the International Space Station (ISS). The potential GSFC EV-2 mission is designed to meet the science goals of the EV-2 program, as currently understood. (Reference draft AO: )

GSFC mission teams will be submitting proposals to the EV-2 AO currently scheduled for release in late spring 2011. The AO is a one-step process, with the proposal response being primarily focused on the merit and feasibility of the science objectives of the proposed mission. The submissions will be selected, and the resultant proposal will be funded for formulation and implementation Phases A-F. While the AO schedule cannot be specified at this time, the following is estimated based on earlier AO’s and related missions: AO release ~June 2011 Proposals due ~September 2011 Mission selection Early 2012 (target) Launch 2015 (target) Operations Launch plus 3 years, possible 2 year extension

This partnership opportunity is being issued to select a partner to help prepare the GSFC EV-2 candidate mission concept for proposal submittal and to provide an end-to-end mission system solution should the mission be selected for flight. GSFC is interested in a partner to provide a pointing control system. The potential partner must have sufficient relevant experience, including ISS and pointing control system expertise, as well as proven success in delivery of flight hardware. The respondent must submit a proposal which describes the technical and programmatic approach to providing a pointing control system which accommodates instrument requirements.

There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the portion of this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the submission to the EV-2 AO.

Potential respondents are asked to contact the GSFC EV-2 team by 12 PM EDT on or before May 3, 2011 with a Notice Of Interest (intentionally not called a notice of intent). This Notice of Interest does not create an obligation to respond to the POD, but allows the GSFC EV-2 team to disseminate additional details on the mission parameters and to provide answers to questions from potential partners. All Notice of Interest respondents receive a document containing additional details on the proposed mission, which can be used to facilitate a focused response to the partnership opportunity. These details are proprietary and competition sensitive and are not to be shared beyond the team members necessary to prepare a full response.

After receipt of the mission document, respondents may send questions to the GSFC EV-2 Team at the E-mail address listed below. All questions and answers will be made available to all those who respond to the Notice of Interest. The source of the questions shall be held confidential. Questions and answers that contain information unique to a respondent’s proprietary approach will not be shared if they are identified as such.

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 EV-2 Team contact is Julia Breed,, 301-286-8665.

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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