Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Partnership Opportunity for the Optical Communications GEO Relay Demonstration

By SpaceRef Editor
May 6, 2011
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Synopsis – May 06, 2011

Optical Communications GEO POD – Posted on May 06, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: GBN401-2011
Posted Date: May 06, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 06, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 13, 2011
Current Response Date: May 13, 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


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA NNM11ZDA001K) for the Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM). The Office of the Chief Technologist conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space technology missions. The BAA has four focus areas including High Bandwidth Deep Space Communication, Navigation, and Timing missions, the subject of this POD. Schedule (dates are subject to change): BAA release March 1, 2011 Proposals due date May 31, 2011 Selection date August 2011 (TARGET) Award Date (ATP) September 2011 (TARGET) Base Phase ATP+10 month(PDR)_ Option1 ATP+18 month(CDR) Launch 2016 End of operations Launch + 2 years (nominal)

NASA is seeking a host satellite with a Geostationary Orbit in order to conduct this TDM. Specifically, this partnership opportunity is being issued to select one or more teaming partners to support the BAA TDM elements throughout the system life cycle (Base Period, Option 1 and Option 2):

* System Engineering support to resolve payload accommodation issues

* Spacecraft modifications and accommodations for the payload

* Payload integration on the spacecraft

* Environmental Test Program of the fully integrated spacecraft

* Mission Ops Support

There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for preparation of the proposal during the first phase of this proposal cycle, and only limited funding will be available during the Base Period and Option 1 (BAA Page 13). If selected, the partner(s) will be funded according to the budget developed during the Base Period and Option 1 study. When the final selection for flight is made at the Beginning of Option 2 (Post CDR) flight funding milestones will commence. There is a possibility that an accommodation may come available on another mission. If this happens, this opportunity will be cancelled.

Potential partners are asked to contact the NASA team within 1 week after release of this document. This contact shall not be considered binding, but shall serve to help the NASA team disseminate all relevant information to potential partners. Potential partners should ask questions during the first week after release of this document. All questions and answers will be sent to those who express a desire to respond, while the source of the questions shall be held confidential. For purposes of this partnership opportunity, the contact is Bruce Milam (Bruce

Electronic responses to the Partnership Opportunity Document shall:

1) Not exceed 30 power point slides (unlimited backup material). 2) Address all requirements described in this document. 3) Provide a Point of Contact to address questions from NASA.

Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such.

Potential partners shall deliver their responses by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 13,2011.

Please provide email response to:

Bruce Milam Mail Code 401 Building 86, Room 118 Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD 20771

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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