Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Space Shuttle Landing and Research Aircraft Support Services

By SpaceRef Editor
January 12, 2011
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Synopsis – Jan 12, 2011

General Information
Solicitation Number: NND11371702R
Posted Date: Jan 12, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 12, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jan 20, 2011
Current Response Date: Jan 20, 2011
Classification Code: C — Architect and engineering services
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center, Code A, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273


NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) has a requirement for continuing services currently provided by Lockheed Martin Mission Services (LMMS) under the Space Shuttle Landing and Research Aircraft Support Services Contract (SSLRASS). The primary requirement is to provide management and technical personnel to operate, maintain and repair Space Shuttle landing aids and communications equipment prior to launch, during specified on orbit space flight operations and during Shuttle landings at Edwards.

NASA/DFRC intends to extend the current fixed price/cost-plus-no fee contract (NND09AA02C) with LMMS for 6 months. The period of performance should provide coverage through the end of Program life and Program shutdown. The Space Shuttle Program anticipates retiring the fleet and shutdown of the Program in late 2011.

The statutory authority for proceeding with this acquisition using Other Than Full and Open Competition is 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1) as contemplated by the provision of FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii). This provision states that full and open competition need not be provided for when the services required by the agency are available from only the original source in the case of a follow-on contract for the continued provision of highly specialized services. The provision also states that this exception is applicable when it is likely that award to any other source would result in substantial duplication of cost to the Government that is not expected to be recovered through competition, or there would be unacceptable delays in fulfilling the agency’s requirements.

The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) has 2 remaining Space Shuttle missions between now and August 2011. To safely complete these last Space Shuttle Missions, all contractual elements associated with the program will be required to perform their missions flawlessly and without delays. The schedule margin that would be required for a competitive selection and potentially incorporating a new prime contractor into the Program would not support the ISS assembly schedule. Competition of the Space Shuttle operations requirements could lead to the loss of knowledgeable personnel introducing unacceptable risk to the SSP. In addition, because of the transition time required and associated disruption of the Space Shuttle operations services, there is a potential for increased safety risks to the orbiter and crew. Because of these considerations, including the unacceptable costs and delays that would be incurred to conduct a competition and/or select a different prime contractor, the potential benefits from competition do not justify accepting these substantial risks to the Shuttle and ISS programs. In conclusion, LMMS is the only firm believed to be capable of fulfilling the proposed requirements.

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 no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 20, 2011. 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: Richard M Swanson
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 661-276-3337
Fax: 661-276-2904

Name: Rosalia Toberman
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 661-276-3931
Fax: 661-276-2904

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