Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Sole Source Contract Extension for Zero Robotics Expanded Pilot Program

By SpaceRef Editor
July 15, 2010
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Synopsis – Jul 13, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNH10CC27C
Posted Date: Jul 13, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 13, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jul 28, 2010
Current Response Date: Jul 28, 2010
Classification Code: B — Special studies and analysis – not R and D
NAICS Code: 927110 – Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/HQ plans to issue a modification for the second phase of the contract to support services for the Zero Robitics Program. The ZERO Robotics program enables high-school students to participate in the SPHERES (Synchronized Postition Hold Engage Re-orient Experimental Satellite) program by writing their own algorithms to solve a problem by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team. The original pilot program was conducted from winter of 2009 to 2010 and was a limited pilot of only two high schools. The second phase will involve 10-20 high schools and potential middle schools from across the nation that will compete against each other during the Fall of 2010 to 2011. NASA intends to issue the modification on a noncompetitive basis to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in accordance with 10 U.S.C 2304 (c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1, “only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.” MIT is uniquely qualified to perform the second phase and provide engineering support because they created the SPHERES program and hold proprietary ownership of the data. 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 4:00 p.m. local (EST) on July 28,2010. 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: Terence L Haynes
Title: Contracting Specialist
Phone: 301-286-6682
Fax: 301-286-0357

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