Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Scientific Analysis of Solar Wind Plasma Charged Dust on the Moon

By SpaceRef Editor
December 22, 2009
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Synopsis – Dec 18, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC10321126Q
Posted Date: Dec 18, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 18, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jan 08, 2010
Current Response Date: Jan 08, 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: Total Small Business

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA/GRC has a requirement for a specialized scientific analysis related to the development of a theory including an estimation of certain properties of Solar Wind Plasma Charged Dust on the Moon. The length of the study is nine months.

NASA/GRC intends to purchase the items from PineSci Consulting and its principal Dr. Vladimir Pines. Dr. Pines has recently developed the first lunar specific aspects of solar wind plasma, as well as worked on the fundamentals of dusty plasma transport and control. Dr. Pines has published in the fields of statistical physics, phase transitions, and plasma physics. Two of his most recent and relevant studies were published in the Journal of Advances in Space Research for the past two years. The analysis required will enable NASA to understand charged dust behavior on the moon, a key issue identified by NASA as potential mission hazard.

Dr. Pines has also developed the first micro-macro description of the microphysics of cloud formation – a task uniquely suitable for the conduct of the present technical program of Lunar Dust Mitigation. Since Dr. Pines is the sole developer of the theory that underlies the techniques of statistical description of such micro-macro processes, he is the only suitable vendor to develop the required set of equations and models for this Lunar Dust Mitigation Project.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 8, 2010. 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: Brunilda DeJesus
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 216-433-2789
Fax: 216-433-5489

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